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Terror by Night

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Terror by Night
Terror by Night.jpg
Original Theatrical Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Roy William Neill
Release Date 1946
Studio Universal Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Sherlock Holmes Basil Rathbone
Dr. Watson Nigel Bruce
Maj. Duncan-Bleek / Col. Sebastian Moran Alan Mowbray
Inspector Lestrade Dennis Hoey
Vivian Vedder Renee Godfrey
Prof. William Kilbane Frederick Worlock
Lady Margaret Carstairs Mary Forbes
Sands Skelton Knaggs

Terror by Night is an American 1946 detective movie, directed by Roy William Neill and starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson. This is the thirteenth installment to the series of fourteen Sherlock Holmes films starring Rathbone and Bruce. The story is original, with minor plot elements of "The Adventure of the Empty House", "The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax", and "The Sign of Four". Lady Margaret Carstairs travels by train to Scotland, having the famous diamond Star of Rhodesia with her. Her son Roland asks Holmes to protect the diamond. But during the way, Roland is murdered and the diamond is stolen. One of the passengers must be a murderer and thief.

The following weapons were used in the film Terror by Night:

Ruby Pistol

Maj. Duncan-Bleek (Alan Mowbray), who turns out to be a criminal Col. Sebastian Moran, carries a pistol of Ruby family. During the climactic scene this pistol falls in hands of police Inspector MacDonald (Boyd Davis) and his constable (Colin Kenny) (these policemen also turn out to be ciminals in disguise), and at last the gun is used by Inspector Lestrade (Dennis Hoey).

Arizmendi Zulaica Cebra - .32 ACP. An example of Ruby family of pistols, similar to the screen gun.
The pistol, confiscated from Moran, in hands of fake Inspector MacDonald.
The fake constable holds the pistol.
Moran gets back his gun.
Moran, with pistol in hand, pulls the emergency cord to stop the train.
The muzzle is seen.
One more view of the pistol in Moran's hand.
Lestrade aims the pistol at Moran and fake policemen.

Air Pistol

A fictional air pistol, shooting poisoned gelatin darts, is used by Moran's accomplice Sands (Skelton Knaggs) and then by Moran (Alan Mowbray) himself. The prop is non-functioning but has workable pump button and trigger and is "powered" by two common CO2 chargers for soda siphon.

Moran takes the gun from Sands when they approach Lestrade's compartment.
Moran holds the gun.
Moran twice pushed the button of the pump, "reloading" the gun.
He shoots at Sands who just incapacitated Lestrade and took the diamond.
Moran cleans his fingerprints and throws the gun.
Holmes examines the gun.
The air gun is seen in hands of Sherlock Holmes on a promotional image.


A scene on a diamond mine in Rhodesia where the diamond was found shows native guards holding rifles that appear to be Lee-Enfield of unclear model.

For comparison: Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk. III* - .303 British
Lee-Enfield rifles are seen in hands of guards.

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