Sunday, October 11, 2020

Review of "Sherlock Holmes: Dressed to Kill," starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce DVD

 Review of

Sherlock Holmes: Dressed to Kill, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce DVD

Five out of five stars

Rathbone and Bruce are the best to ever play the roles

 The results of a search engine search were that 45 actors have played Sherlock Holmes in movies. Holmes is the character that has been portrayed most often in acting productions. There is no doubt in my mind that Basil Rathbone is the best to ever play the role on screen. Nigel Bruce also captures the relatively slow witted Doctor Watson. Both men simply exude the man of London persona of the late nineteenth century.

 In this adventure, a man has been convicted of stealing plates that can be used to print money that would be indistinguishable from the genuine items, throwing the entire British economy into chaos. He managed to hide the plates before being captured and he is now making simple music boxes in prison. Since the stolen plates have never been recovered, there is a great deal of interest in the criminal’s actions.

 Being a clever man very good with his hands, the criminal manages to construct a complex code describing the location of the plates for his confederates on the outside and it is up to Holmes to decipher the code and track down the criminals as well as recover the plates. The code is embedded in a set of simple music boxes. Of course, he succeeds in the brilliant way of Holmes, managing to connect the appropriate dots in constructing a path to the solution.

 Although Edgar Allan Poe is credited with the creation of the detective story, it was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of the Sherlock Holmes character, that truly made it the literary staple that it has become. No character is more popular than Holmes and, in this movie, Rathbone makes him real, albeit placed in the proper time frame.

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