In London, a secret society led by lawyer Thaddeus Merrydew collects the assets of any of its deceased members and divides them among the remaining members. Society members start dropping like flies. Sherlock Holmes is approached by member James Murphy's widow, who is miffed at being left penniless by her husband. When Captain Pyke is shot, Holmes keys in on his mysterious Chinese widow as well as the shady Merrydew. Other members keep dying--Malcom Dearing first, then Mr. Baker. There is also an attempt on the life of young Eileen Forrester, who became a reluctant society member upon the death of her father. Holmes' uncanny observations and insights are put to the test.
Three cheap musical boxes (each one playing a subtly different version of "The Swagman"), manufactured in Dartmoor Prison, are sold at a local auction house. However, a criminal gang is determined to steal and recover all three, even if it means committing murder. Sherlock Holmes tries to recover the music boxes and crack the secret code contained in the tune before the gang can get what they want.
DRESSED TO KILL. Universal Pictures Co., Inc., 1946. 8 reels, sd. Adapted from a story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Credits: Producer-director, Roy William Neill; screenplay, Leonard Lee; adaptation, Frank Gruber; music director, Milton Rosen; film editor, Saul A. Goodkind.
Based on the Sir Authur Conan Doyle story "The Dancing Men", Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are placed in WWII europe to help protect a scientist and his invention from the Nazis.
Basil Rathbone .... Sherlock Holmes
Nigel Bruce .... Dr. John H. Watson
Lionel Atwill .... Professor Moriarty
Kaaren Verne .... Charlotte Eberli
William Post Jr. .... Dr. Franz Tobel
Dennis Hoey .... Inspector Lestrade
Holmes Herbert .... Sir Reginald Bailey
Mary Gordon .... Mrs. Hudson
Sherlock Holmes takes a vacation and visits his old friend Sir Henry Baskerville. His vacation ends when he suddenly finds himself in the middle of a double-murder mystery. Now he's got to find Professor Moriarty and the horse Silver Blaze before the great cup final horse race.