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Terror by Night (1946)




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One of the later movies in the Sherlock Holmes series, in this one the sleuth is dodging death as he tries to solve the murder of the owner of a priceless diamond. On a train, they are racing against time to solve the mystery before the train arrives at its destination, allowing the murderer to escape.

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Basil Rathbone
as Sherlock Holmes
Nigel Bruce
as Dr. John H. Watson
Alan Mowbray
as Maj. Duncan-Bleek / Col. Sebastian Moran
Dennis Hoey
as Inspector Lestrade
Renee Godfrey
as Vivian Vedder
Mary Forbes
as Lady Margaret Carstairs
Billy Bevan
as Train Attendant
Frederic Worlock
as Prof. Kilbane
Leyland Hodgson
as Conductor
Geoffrey Steele
as Ronald Carstairs
Boyd Davis
as McDonald
Janet Murdoch
as Mrs. Shallcross
Gerald Hamer
as Mr. Shallcross
Harry Cording
as Mock Sr.
Colin Kenny
as Constable
Bobby Wissler
as Mock Jr.
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Critic Reviews for Terror by Night

All Critics (8)

A fun entry in the Basil Rathbone-Nigel Bruce series.

January 7, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

These production-line pulp yarns -- Hollywood's Bazooka Bubble Gum -- couldn't have given the terrific Rathbone any sense of challenge or growth as an actor. Nor do they ask much of the viewer, but they can be undemandingly entertaining period bric.

April 6, 2006 | Full Review…

In this very short film ... so much comic relief feels like desperate attempts to pad an already skimpy story.

December 6, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

It can be forgiven for its many flaws.

August 24, 2005 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Penultimate Rathbone Holmes has its moments.

April 14, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Terror by Night


Only a bit of a story, and a challenge, in this next to the last go-round for Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as the movies' classic Holmes and Watson. A big shiny rock, and a murder done in its theft, are the driving impetus of the story. The cast and crew are old hands at this stuff by now, and so not a lot of effort is given here, and it shows. But they were quite correct in that the old formula does indeed still work, the chemistry is there, and so not a lot of effort is needed. Not bad.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

I for one think Basil Rathbone played the best Sherlock Holmes. This movie has Holmes and Watson on a train en route from London to Edinburgh, They are there to protect The Star Of Rhodesia. A huge Diamond held by the Carstairs family. Of course we are lead to believe the diamond is stolen, and has Holmes bundled the case. There are so many suspects in this 60 minute classic. The ending provides quite a twist. I'm sad to say the film I watched was not a UCLA 35mm "restored" process team edition, but some company taking advantage of this film being in public domain and the film quality showed. You can also watch this film here on Flixster for free. Even though film quality was so poor, it was still worth 4 stars as a Holmes Classic.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


Basil Rathbone is as great as ever and Nigel Bruce is as much of a bumbly mess as ever.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

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