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Sherlock Holmes:Terror By Nigh

Basil Rathbone , Nigel Bruce , Roy William Neill    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Locked Room Murder March 25 2010
Format:VHS Tape
Terror By Night, 1946 film

The film shows an expensive diamond 'The Star of Rhodesia'. All who possessed it came to a sudden and violent death. A new coffin will be used to send a body to Scotland. They show scenes of Euston Station in London. Sherlock Holmes studies the faces of passengers. Lady Margaret Carstairs will travel to Scotland with her valuable jewel. Can it be safe from thieves? Watson is late for the train. Holmes inspects this 423-carat diamond. [Did you see anything?] Roland Carstairs does not join his mother in the dining car. The 'Star of Rhodesia' is gone! We see the other passengers in the carriage. One of them must be the murderer. Dr. Watson asks some questions. [Comic relief.] A tempest in a teapot? Someone attacks Holmes in the dark! Later he and Dr. Watson check the baggage compartment and learn a secret.

They question the young lady to learn about her actions. They find the baggage guard on the floor. We learn who are the guilty villains. Will there be more treachery? Can the murderer escape at the border stop? The Scottish police take charge to question the passengers. Inspector McDonald recognizes Colonel Moran, he is arrested after a struggle and taken off the train. But Sherlock Holmes isn't fooled at all! [Did you suspect this?] The gang is caught in spit of their clever plans. Sherlock Holmes explains it all.

Since Professor Moriarity was killed, and Colonel Moran was arrested for murder, what will Sherlock Holmes do next?
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By J. Lovins TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
20th Century Fox present "TERROR BY NIGHT" (Released: 1 February 1946/60 mins) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) --- now in COLOR and Glorious Black and White --- Under Roy William Neill (Director / Producer), Arthur Conan Doyle (Short Story Author), Frank Gruber (Screenwriter), Maury Gertsman (Cinematographer), Mark Levant (Musical Direction/Supervision), Milton Rosen (Musical Direction/Supervision), Hans Salter (Composer (Music Score), Saul A. Goodkind (Editor),Jane Huizenga (Production Designer), John B. Goodman (Art Director), Abraham Grossman (Art Director), Howard Benedict (Executive Producer), Russell A. Gausman (Set Designer), Carl Lawrence (Set Designer), Vera West (Costume Designer), Jack Pierce (Makeup), Melville Shyer (First Assistant Director), David D. Martin (Technical Director) - - - - - - the story line and plot, As fast paced, tightly woven Sherlock Holmes mystery as you will find, Terror by Night tells of a famous jewel being transported from London to Edinburgh with the watchful eye of Sherlock Holmes and befuddled, faithful Watson in tow --- Along for the ride are Inspector Lestrade, arch criminal Colonel Sebastian Moran, a cast of eccentric, Victorian type characters including a wonderful professor of mathematics(not Moriarity), and a train that gives off the right mood for murder and intrigue entirely set on an express train and once again revolving on the theft of a very valuable diamond --- as Holmes and Dr. Read more ›
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By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Terror By Night offers a nice change of pace in the old Sherlock Holmes series of films starring Basil Rathbone as the great detective. The action takes place completely outside the confines of London and 221B Baker Street, centering on a train ride from London to Edinburgh. Holmes has been hired to safeguard an ill-fated diamond called the Star of Rhodesia on Lady Margaret Carstairs' trip home, but he's not alone. Good old Inspector Lestrade is also onboard, posing as a fisherman on holiday. Despite the presence of Holmes, Watson, and Lestrade, though, Lady Margaret's son is murdered and the jewel stolen. The jewel must be in one of the compartments onboard the train, and Lestrade quickly takes over the questioning and searching of the passengers. Dr. Watson - God bless him - also attempts his own investigation, which bears only ignominious - and comical - results.

There are a number of real characters onboard the train, each one of them suspicious in some way or other. There's a rather impertinent young lady accompanying her mother's coffin, a most disagreeable professor, an older couple concerned about the police presence around them, Watson's old friend Major Duncan-Bleek, as well as several train employees. The fact that we the viewers are kept unaware of the culprit's identity until the end is a definite plus - as is the fact that the guilty party turns out to be a jewel thief of much renown. There's as much light comedy as there is drama until the endgame is set in motion, and the ending offers a surprise or two that rescues the film from the realm of the merely average. Terror By Night is not the best of the Rathbone Sherlock Holmes films, but it's certainly an entertaining, reasonably compelling entry in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A ticket to mystery June 30 2004
By C. Ford
Format:DVD
This is not the best of the Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce pairings but nonetheless this is an enjoyable outing.
Terror by Night is one of those I put on late at night to watch curled up on the sofa with a cat by my side. The rhythm of the train and the steadfast bond between Holmes, Watson and Lestrade creates one of the most relaxing murder mysteries ever put on film. The deliberate pace may not please all, but to those with a taste for it this is the mystery equivalent of a good house wine.
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