Passed | | Crime, Mystery
Sherlock Holmes sets out to discover why a trio of murderous villains, including a dangerously attractive female, are desperate to obtain three unassuming and inexpensive little music boxes.
Laurel & Hardy fans will spot frequent nemesis Charlie Hall as a cab driver early in the movie.
Holmes! You all right?
Holmes: Perfectly, thank you, old fellow, but I think this gentleman on the floor requires some medical attention. We must see that he looks his best, you know, when he's hanged.
It seems unlikely that Holmes would be playing "Danny Boy" on his violin, a sentimental ballad more associated with the Irish community and popular with American film audiences at the time. The tune is not mentioned in any of the stories, where he played classical music, more likely Mendelssohn.
This movie's final credit sequence rolled over a scene of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce leaving Dr. Johnston's house. This sequence was later removed by a TV distributor and has been replaced with a THE END frame from one of the earlier Sherlock Holmes films.
The opening credits were also trimmed by the same distributor; the only version the restorers could find that had the film's title on it was from an old broadcast print whose image was blown up to match the size of the rest of the film.