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4.0 out of 5 stars One of Rathone and Bruce's better Holmes films, 5 Dec 2000
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After "Hound Of The Baskervilles" and "The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes", both outstanding movies, Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce churned out a swag of Sherlockian films. Some were pretty ordinary, but from the comfortable vantage point of half a century on, now appear quaintly representative of movie magic and the genre that Sherlock Holmes has become. Of the Holmes films made in the forties, "Dressed To Kill" is one of the better examples. Rathbone occasionally over-plays the role and poor Nigel Bruce is lumbered with a comically incompetent interpretation of Dr Watson, but the entertainment is still there. Sherlockian purists are divided in their opinions of the Rathbone/Bruce series, particularly as regards the updating, but they still entertain and their age gives them a quality all their own. "Dressed To Kill" is a good old crime story about stolen printing plates. No mythical hounds, no nazis, no nonsense. A solid pot boiler. If you don't want to own all 14 of this series, you could do worse than to add this title to your short list...
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4.0 out of 5 stars �Mr Kilgore was a Scotchman�, 13 Oct 2004
This was the last of Rathbone's Holmes appearances, and it's shame because I feel he was just starting to get 'into' the character.
There's a lot of quirky one-liners ( "Mr Kilgore was a Scotchman"!) and references to past cases- the storylines aren't two dimensional and Shock! Horror!- Holmes actually makes mistakes!
The story centres around 3 music boxes that give the key to the location of a set of £5 note plates. The owners of the boxes are being pursued by the baddies (principally by Patricia Morison as the arch-villainess) as well as Holmes. Who will get to the last one first?! (I think you know).
As the credits roll you get the familiar warm 'safe' feeling that 'HE' is on the case. I love the music and dramatic effects; the crooked shots of Holmes in misty shadow with the 'in-your-face' fanfare and titles.
Special mention should be made to character actor Edmund Breon who plays Dr. Watson's school buddy- he's particularly 'stinky'.
Finally: the quality of the DVD is sadly lacking- by that I mean the film-DVD transfer is faulty on my copy in a few places. Not enough to spoil my viewing though. This is a classic
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5.0 out of 5 stars old times, 10 May 2014
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This was fantastic took me back to the old days when families all day round the tv on a Saturday night.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dressed to Kill, 13 April 2014
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This colourized film brought it into the modern era and made its life last much longer. Colour added to the atmoshere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Look, Holmes, it's morning!", 1 Aug 2010
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C. O. DeRiemer (San Antonio, Texas, USA) - See all my reviews
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Here we have three wooden music boxes that play the same tune...almost; a femme fatale as beautiful as she is deadly; the old darling Sam Johnson giving Holmes a key clue; and the last of Sherlock Holmes as we know him, at least the Holmes that looks exactly like Basil Rathbone. It `s surprising that this final Holmes movie with the bored-to-death Rathbone as The Great Detective is one of the better ones.

Rathbone had cranked out fourteen of these films between 1939 and this one in 1946. The first two were first-rate. The rest varied between superior B movies to just programmers. They all managed instantly to make nostalgia a ticket seller. You can't underestimate the clop-clop of horses pulling carriages down cobblestone streets, gaslight in thick fog late at night or the elocution of our sharp-nosed detective. And although Dressed to Kill takes place toward the end of WWII, it has nothing to do with the war. Close your eyes for a moment when a car drives by and we might just as well be back 20 years before the turn of the century. Rathbone was so bored with the part he refused to sign a new five-year contract with MGM. He was, however, so professional that he didn't just walk through this movie. For fans of nostalgia, and I am when it comes to these 14 movies, Rathbone still delivers the goods.

But what is this movie (or any of the others) about? It doesn't really matter. We're not buying a plot, just an hour of so of satisfied contentment. For those who worry about spoilers, better read no further. Dressed to Kill deals with a plot that...could bring Britain to her knees

Patricia Morison plays the deadly, beautiful and well-dressed young woman who sees murder as an occasional inconvenience. A couple of years later she was out of B movies and had become a Broadway star as Kate in Kiss Me Kate. Nigel Bruce is, as always, Watson. If you like him as Watson you may like two of his lines: "Look, Holmes, it's morning!" and this one which, if spoken today in front of a school, would most likely get the old gent arrested: "Would you like to hear uncle make a noise like a duck?"

If you have an all-region DVD player, be sure to get the MPI release. The movie has been well restored.
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