19 February 2011 | ma-cortes
Nice Holmes entry with the master sleuth investigating crimes and a stolen jewel
Good film of the splendid Sherlock Holmes-Basil Rathbone and his loyal companion Watson-Nigel Bruce series including a first-range nasty , a Doctor Moriarty's disciple , named Sebastian Moran. When the fabulous Star of Rhodesia diamond is robbed on a train bound from London to Scotland and the son of its owner is killed , Holmes and Watson help Inspector Lestrade - a likable Dennis Hoey as botcher as Nigel Bruce - which of his suspect fellow passengers is culprit. The main suspicious turn out to be Sebastian Moran . The viewer must discover which of the passengers he impersonates. Who's the killer and the thief?.
Penultime outing in the Rathbone / Bruce Sherlock Holmes series with the master sleuth up a fabled jewel robbing and against a series of murder on a London to Edinburgh train . Holmes must discover the thief murderous and the responsible ultimately results to be the Colonel Sebastian Moran , an arch-villain and Dr Moriarty's hoodlum.
This whodunit film has a fine atmosphere , it's in black and white with lights and shades that originate a suspenseful setting aboard the train . Set design is of first rate , the movie is very atmospheric .Basil Rathbone's interpretation is magnificent, he's the best Sherlock Holmes in the cinema , likeness to Peter Cushing and Jeremy Brett in television. Basil Rathbone as Holmes plays in a clever, broody and impetuous manner. Nigel Bruce plays as Watson with humor, goofy and joy , he's the perfect counterpoint to Holmes. The motion picture is professionally directed by Roy William Neill who mostly filmed all the entries of the magnificent series . After that , Basil Rathbone starred ¨Dressed yo kill¨ his last Sherlock . One time terminated the movie , Basil Rathbone dreary in Holmes character decided killing him, such as Arthur Conan Doyle made dropping Holmes into Falls of Reichenbach . This decision along with breaking radio-broadcasting proceeded long time ago, originated the followers were deeply annoyed and Nigel Bruce got anger, but he early died. After Rathbone only played Holmes as a parody in ¨Milton Berle show¨ and on Broadway stage about playwright written by his wife Ouida and with Thomas Gomez as Moriaty. In spite of various historic and important roles performed by Rathbone such as ¨Disraeli and Svengali¨, none surpassed his immortal character, the ideal role for Rathbone and that gave him fame and money . Rating : Better than average , 7/10 . Well worth watching