Silver Blaze (1937 film)

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Silver Blaze
"Silver Blaze" (1937).jpg
U.S. poster
Directed by Thomas Bentley
Written by Arthur Conan Doyle (story "The Adventure of Silver Blaze")
H. Fowler Mear (adaptation)
Arthur Macrae
Produced by Julius Hagen
Starring Arthur Wontner
Ian Fleming
Cinematography Sydney Blythe
William Luff
Edited by Michael C. Chorlton
Alan Smith
Music byH. Baynton Power
Distributed by Associated British Picture Corporation
Release date
July 1937
Running time
71 minutes
USA: 65 minutes (TCM print)
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish

Silver Blaze is a 1937 British, black-and-white crime and mystery film, based loosely on Arthur Conan Doyle's 1892 short story "The Adventure of Silver Blaze". It was directed by Thomas Bentley, and was produced by Twickenham Film Studios Productions. It stars Arthur Wontner as Sherlock Holmes, and Ian Fleming as Dr. Watson. [1] In the United States, the film was released in 1941 by Astor Pictures, where it was also known as Murder at the Baskervilles, retitled by distributors to capitalize on the success of the Basil Rathbone Holmes film, The Hound of the Baskervilles . [2]

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It is the last film in the 1931–1937 film series starring Wontner as Sherlock Holmes. [3]

Synopsis

In the 1930s, Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Wontner) takes a holiday by visiting his old friend, Sir Henry Baskerville (Lawrence Grossmith). Holmes' vacation ends when he and Watson suddenly find themselves in the middle of a double-murder mystery; they must find Professor Robert Moriarty (Lyn Harding) and Silver Blaze before the horse race, and bring the criminals to justice.

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Critical reception

In a retrospective review, TV Guide wrote that the film "suffers from too slight a plot stretched out to feature length. Wontner is good in his final portrayal of the great detective, and the film does have some interesting moments; but on the whole this is lackluster Holmes, an all too elementary case." [2]

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References

  1. "Silver Blaze". BFI. Archived from the original on 14 January 2009.
  2. 1 2 "Murder At The Baskervilles". TV Guide.
  3. Barnes, Alan (2011). Sherlock Holmes on Screen. Titan Books. p. 240. ISBN   9780857687760.