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Dressed To Kill


Aka 'Sherlock Holmes in Dressed To Kill' - features Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes. You can find more information regarding this film on its IMDb page.

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Dressed to Kill, also known as Prelude to Murder (working title) and Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Code (in the UK), is the last of Sherlock Holmes (1939 film series) starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Doctor Watson.


A convicted thief in Dartmoor prison (played by an uncredited Cyril Delevanti) hides the location of the stolen Bank of England printing plates inside three music boxes (each one plays a subtly different version of "The Swagman"). The boxes are sold at a local auction house. However, a criminal gang, the brains behind which belong to a darkly beautiful, ruthless woman, who is also a "consummate actress" as Holmes learns,and constantly wearing fur, when she, disguised as a charwoman and speaking Cockney, talks down to both Holmes and Watson, whom she pretends not to recognize, and leaves with a music box right under their noses. She has some muscle behind her but pers to use her brains. Holmes tries to recover the last music box to crack the secret code contained in the tune before it is too late.


  • Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes
  • Nigel Bruce as Dr. John H. Watson
  • Patricia Morison as Mrs. Hilda Courtney
  • Edmund Breon as 'Stinky' Emery (as Edmond Breon)
  • Frederick Worlock as Colonel Cavanaugh (as Frederic Worlock)
  • Carl Harbord as Inspector Hopkins
  • Patricia Cameron as Evelyn Clifford
  • Holmes Herbert as Ebenezer Crabtree
  • Harry Cording as Hamid
  • Mary Gordon (actor) as Mrs. Hudson
  • Ian Wolfe as Commissioner of Scotland Yard
  • Anita Sharp-Bolster as the Schoolteacher on a Museum Tour
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    Category:1946 films
    Category:1940s mystery films
    Category:English-language films
    Category:Sherlock Holmes films
    Category:Films directed by Roy William Neill
    Category:Universal Pictures films
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