One of Universal's Best Holmes Mysteries
Movie Lover: FilmFlops Critic
Trumbull, CT US
-- June, 14, 2004
A solid entry in the Holmesian canon by Universal, combining the best elements of film-making with a fine cast of characters. Although I regret Universal's decision to have Dr. Watson portrayed as a bumbling windbag in the film series, I can't think of any actor who could have pulled it off as well as Nigel Bruce. Bruce adds touches of humor and humanity to the role and, in each of the films, has his dramatic moments. Dennis Hoey is (again) priceless as the gruff police inspector Lestrade who just doesn't get it right, although in this film he does, at last. Set on a train to Scotland, the story allows for excellent character development (mainly of red herrings)and strikes a fine balance between humorous situations (that do not detract from the mystery at hand) and the mysterious, murderous atmosphere that permeates the train. Well-paced fun for all ages.
Movie Lover: Chip
-- February, 6, 2004
I remember seeing this as a young boy and fell in love with Sherlock Holmes. It has always been one of my favorites, I'm so glad that they are starting to put them on dvd. You will love this movie. A little bit of action, a little bit of humor and of course the interplay between Holmes and Watson.