Sherlock Holmes' Fatal Hour

The famous detective faces death at the hands of the evil Professor Moriarty in this long-lost feature. Bonus: "The Copper Beeches" (1912), one of the first Sherlock Holmes films ever made.
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DVD-R Details

  • Run Time: 1 hours, 45 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Released: March 7, 2017
  • Originally Released: 1931
  • Label: Alpha Video

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User Ratings: 25
Rating: B -- The creaky but entertaining film is noted for a great opening scene of the robbery of the Bank of England shot entirely in silhouette and almost entirely without dialogue. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Oct 28, 2010

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Sherlock Holmes is drawn into the affair of Ronald Adair, a diplomat accused of smuggling counterfeit bills. But what at first appears to be an open-and-shut case quickly takes a deadly turn. Holmes discovers that the sinister Professor Moriarty is blackmailing Adair into working for him. The "Napoleon of Crime" plans to destroy England's economy by flooding the country with imitation currency. And with the villain's vast criminal organization now pursuing Holmes, the detective may find this latest problem to be the final one...

Sherlock Holmes' Fatal Hour stars British stage actor Arthur Wontner as the famous detective. Incorporating elements of the stories "The Final Problem" and "The Empty House", it was successful enough to spawn four more films with Wontner as Holmes, The Missing Rembrandt (1932), The Sign of Four (1932), The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes (1935), and Murder at the Baskervilles (1937). The actor who plays Dr. Watson, Ian Fleming, is of no relation to James Bond's creator. Even though Sir Arthur Conan Doyle gave Professor Moriarty's forename as James, he is called David throughout Sherlock Holmes' Fatal Hour.

BONUS: The Copper Beeches (1912): Holmes rescues a kidnapped heiress in this short subject, part of a series of silent adaptations overseen by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself. Starring Georges Treville. Directed by Adrien Caillard.


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  • Sales Rank: 25,864
  • UPC: 089218791498
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