In 1900, the Martindale family is in dire straits, due to eccentric Hugo’s spendthrift ways. Read More »
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Alan Mowbray and Donald MacBride as fly-by-night theatrical Manufacturers Avery and Crandall. Read More »
Terror by Night (1946) Roy William Neill, Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Alan Mowbray, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller
Holmes is hired by Roland Carstairs to prevent the theft of the Star of Rhodesia, an enormous diamond owned by Carstairs’ mother, Lady Margaret. Read More »
The Cowboy and the Blonde (1941) Ray McCarey, Mary Beth Hughes, George Montgomery, Alan Mowbray, Comedy, Western
Rodeo rider Lank tries his hand at movie making. Spoiled established star Crystal throws tantrums, but after the rodeo she’s easy for Lank to handle. Read More »
Two theatrical producers plan to get even with a demanding actress by tricking her into starring in the worst play they can find. Read More »
Terror by Night (1946) Roy William Neill, Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Alan Mowbray, Mystery, Thriller
The penultimate entry in Universal’s Sherlock Holmes series, Terror by Night takes place almost exclusively on a speeding train, en route from London to Edinburgh. Holmes (Basil Rathbone) is on board to protect a valuable diamond from the clutches of master criminal Colonel Sebastian Moran. The trouble is, Moran is a master of disguise, and could be just about any one of the other passengers. Murder and mayhem plague the train excursion before Holmes can successfully complete his mention. Poor old Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) is a bit denser than usual here, though his ingenuousness is cleverly woven into the script. Alan Mowbray, who played Inspector Lestrade in the 1932 Clive Brook adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, is seen in a pivotal supporting role.
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Famous private detective Tip O’Neil is summoned by telegram to the estate of old friend Paul Harding, but finds the telegram was sent by Paul’s attractive secretary, Amy Hutchins. Paul admits his dog was shot by extortionists to show they mean business, and shows Tip some threatening notes they sent. That night, Paul’s ward, Corinne, is kidnapped by two gangsters and her driver is found dead the next morning. The kidnappers contact Tip demanding $200,000, which is delivered according to instructions. Awaiting the return of Corrine, Tip learns her fiancé, Gene Leland, is an ex-convict, and he also investigates why a thug, Maratti, was found prowling around the grounds, and why Paul’s brother-in-law, Jim Glenray, was seen leaving the estate late the night before. And when the chauffeur is murdered with Amy’s gun as he was about to confess some complicity, Tip has to piece together various clues to pinpoint the culprits.
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