Directed by: Roy William Neill
Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Patricia Morison
I was watching these Sherlock Holmes movies in order, but… eh, it’s nice to do something different every once in a while. Besides, it’s not like there’s a continuity or something there. Holmes is just a guy who knows everything, and Watson is the stupidest man in the world. That’s all you need.
A friend of Dr. Watson’s (who’s name is “Stinky”) gets one of his collection of musical boxes stolen, which tips Holmes off that there’s something fishy going on. Apparently the leader of a gang of bandits is in prison and he made three music boxes which somehow lead to where he stole the loot. This pits the detective against the rest of the gang as they race to decipher the clues!
I love stuff like this, I gotta say. It’s just really entertaining to me. It’s not the most fast-paced or even well-written stuff in the world, but it’s a very solid mystery, things progress in a believable fashion (well, believable for Sherlock Holmes, anyway), and in the end all the pieces come together. Mysteries are my weakness, especially Holmes or Poirot stuff. Oh man, I should watch all those A&E Hercule Poirot movies…