Terror by Night (1946)




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One of the later movies in the Sherlock Holmes series, in this one the sleuth is dodging death as he tries to solve the murder of the owner of a priceless diamond. On a train, they are racing against time to solve the mystery before the train arrives at its destination, allowing the murderer to escape.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Basil Rathbone
as Sherlock Holmes
Nigel Bruce
as Dr. John H. Watson
Alan Mowbray
as Maj. Duncan-Bleek / Col. Sebastian Moran
Dennis Hoey
as Inspector Lestrade
Renee Godfrey
as Vivian Vedder
Mary Forbes
as Lady Margaret Carstairs
Billy Bevan
as Train Attendant
Frederic Worlock
as Prof. Kilbane
Leyland Hodgson
as Conductor
Geoffrey Steele
as Ronald Carstairs
Boyd Davis
as McDonald
Janet Murdoch
as Mrs. Shallcross
Gerald Hamer
as Mr. Shallcross
Harry Cording
as Mock Sr.
Colin Kenny
as Constable
Bobby Wissler
as Mock Jr.
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Critic Reviews for Terror by Night

All Critics (8)

A fun entry in the Basil Rathbone-Nigel Bruce series.

Full Review… | January 7, 2016

These production-line pulp yarns -- Hollywood's Bazooka Bubble Gum -- couldn't have given the terrific Rathbone any sense of challenge or growth as an actor. Nor do they ask much of the viewer, but they can be undemandingly entertaining period bric.

Full Review… | April 6, 2006

In this very short film ... so much comic relief feels like desperate attempts to pad an already skimpy story.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Goatdog's Movies

It can be forgiven for its many flaws.

Full Review… | August 23, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Penultimate Rathbone Holmes has its moments.

April 14, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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April 13, 2008

Audience Reviews for Terror by Night

I for one think Basil Rathbone played the best Sherlock Holmes. This movie has Holmes and Watson on a train en route from London to Edinburgh, They are there to protect The Star Of Rhodesia. A huge Diamond held by the Carstairs family. Of course we are lead to believe the diamond is stolen, and has Holmes bundled the case. There are so many suspects in this 60 minute classic. The ending provides quite a twist. I'm sad to say the film I watched was not a UCLA 35mm "restored" process team edition, but some company taking advantage of this film being in public domain and the film quality showed. You can also watch this film here on Flixster for free. Even though film quality was so poor, it was still worth 4 stars as a Holmes Classic.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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Basil Rathbone is as great as ever and Nigel Bruce is as much of a bumbly mess as ever.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

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I will have to agree with Henrik Shunk ,another Flixster user. I am not a big fan of the Rathbone versions of Sherlock Holmes. "They are very pulp, render Watson to a doofus and are usually extremely patriotic (Holmes was British !). Anyhoo this is one of the better films Rathbone/Bruce made. The usual mix of sleuthing, screwball humour and film noir visuals. Highly recommended if you are a fan of Holmes or the classic whodunnit. The conclusion is a bit obvious though."

Anastasia  Bartzoulianou
Anastasia Bartzoulianou

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