Dir: Thomas Bentley
Starring: Arthur Wontner and Ian Fleming
Whilst on holiday, Sherlock Holmes finds himself in the middle of a double-murder mystery
This crime mystery was based rather loosely on Arthur Conan Doyle’s short story of the same title. In the US, the film was released in 1941 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. The running time was also reduced by six minutes for its US release. The story centres on a racehorse, Silver Blaze, and there are real scenes of actual racing at Newbury. As a result, there are a couple of shots of excursions calling at Newbury Racecourse station and of coaches in Racecourse Sidings. Although the GWR coaching stock is clearly visible no locomotives are, though we do see one extremely blurred glimpse of a GWR ‘kettle’.