Terror by Night

Terror by Night

Director: Roy William Neill

Cast: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Alan Mowbray

     
 

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The penultimate entry in Universal's Sherlock Holmes series, Terror by Night takes place almost exclusively on a speeding train, en route from London to Edinburgh. Holmes (Basil Rathbone) is on board to protect a valuable diamond from the clutches of master criminal Colonel Sebastian Moran. The trouble is, Moran is a master of disguise, and could be just

Overview

The penultimate entry in Universal's Sherlock Holmes series, Terror by Night takes place almost exclusively on a speeding train, en route from London to Edinburgh. Holmes (Basil Rathbone) is on board to protect a valuable diamond from the clutches of master criminal Colonel Sebastian Moran. The trouble is, Moran is a master of disguise, and could be just about any one of the other passengers. Murder and mayhem plague the train excursion before Holmes can successfully complete his mention. Poor old Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) is a bit denser than usual here, though his ingenuousness is cleverly woven into the script. Alan Mowbray, who played Inspector Lestrade in the 1932 Clive Brook adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, is seen in a pivotal supporting role. One of three Holmes entries currently in the public domain, Terror by Night is also available in a computer-colorized version (but stick with the original black-and-white).

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although Terror by Night is not the best of the Universal Sherlock Holmes films, it does feature one of the more convoluted plots in the series; indeed, whereas many of the other entries concentrate on action or step-by-step plots that progress in a logical fashion, Terror is essentially concerned with keeping viewers guessing as to the identity of the jewel thief and in keeping them off guard as it does so. It does this rather well, even if it "cheats" a bit by not always providing sufficient information -- and director Roy William Neill does an excellent job of capturing small moments, grimaces, and gestures that manage to manipulate the audience's suspicions very nicely. And, of course, Basil Rathbone continues to be in tiptop form as Holmes, with the usual solid support from Nigel Bruce's amusingly befuddled Watson and a very capable supporting cast. Indeed, Terror's only real flaw is that it has comes so late in the series that a slight bit of ennui has set in; there's a tinge of "been there, done that," nothing so overt that it derails Terror, but just enough to dampen its effectiveness slightly.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/22/2002
UPC:
0089218602497
Original Release:
1946
Rating:
NR
Source:
Alpha Video
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:00:00
Sales rank:
76,623

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes
Nigel Bruce Dr. John H. Watson
Alan Mowbray Maj. Duncan-Bleek / Col. Sebastian Moran
Dennis Hoey Inspector Lestrade
Renee Godfrey Vivian Vedder
Mary Forbes Lady Margaret Carstairs
Billy Bevan Train Attendant
Frederic Worlock Prof. William Kilbane
Leyland Hodgson Conductor
Geoffrey Steele Ronald Carstairs
Boyd Davis Insp. McDonald
Janet Murdoch Mrs. Shallcross
Skelton Knaggs Sands
Harry Cording Mock Sr.
Gerald Hamer Mr. Alfred Shallcross
Colin Kenny Constable
Charles Knight Guard

Technical Credits
Roy William Neill Director,Producer
Howard Benedict Executive Producer
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Maury Gertsman Cinematographer
Saul A. Goodkind Editor
John B. Goodman Art Director
Abraham Grossman Art Director
Frank Gruber Screenwriter
Carl Lawrence Set Decoration/Design
Mark Levant Musical Direction/Supervision
Jack P. Pierce Makeup
Milton Rosen Musical Direction/Supervision
Hans J. Salter Score Composer
Melville Shyer Asst. Director
Vera West Costumes/Costume Designer
Arthur Conan Doyle Source Author

Scene Index

Side #1 --
2. Chapter 1 [11:55]
3. Chapter 2 [9:29]
4. Chapter 3 [12:32]
5. Chapter 4 [9:07]

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