Approved | | Drama, Mystery
Sherlock Holmes investigates when young women around London turn up murdered, each with a finger severed. Scotland Yard suspects a madman, but Holmes believes the killings to be part of a diabolical plot.
The Breen Office ordered two cuts from the original script. First, the victims were supposed to be young girls. That was ordered to be changed to young women although Dr. Simnell's bizarre doll fetish may be a leftover from the initial concept. In addition, during the scene in the Mesmer Club, Watson was supposed to take off his pants, not just roll up his pant leg.
I won't forget that morning, not if I live to be a hundred. I counted the men as they marched out of the Yard. They'd hardly slept for weeks. We at the CID had slept even less, for the nightmare that kept us awake was all the same nightmare. That's ...
When Sir George is found dead and Holmes first begins putting a theory together, he has his right hand in his coat's pocket and the left is holding his hat. But on the next shot when he approaches the French Doors, he now is holding the hat with his right hand and hist left is inside the coat's pocket.
In the cast list at the end, Professor Moriarty's name is misspelled as professor Moriarity.
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