Murder at the Baskervilles 1937 — aka Silver Blaze — A Mystery / Crime Movie Full Movie

Murder at the Baskervilles 1937 — aka Silver Blaze — A Mystery / Crime Movie Full Movie

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Sherlock Holmes takes a vacation and visits his old friend Sir Henry Baskerville. His vacation ends when he suddenly finds himself in the middle of a double-murder mystery. Now he’s got to find Professor Moriarty and the horse Silver Blaze before the great cup final horse race. —Ivar Agøy (

Synopsis: Spoilers?
In the 1930s, Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Wontner) takes a holiday by visiting his old friend, Sir Henry Baskerville (Lawrence Grossmith). Holmes’ vacation ends when he and Watson suddenly find themselves in the middle of a double-murder mystery; they must find Professor Robert Moriarty (Lyn Harding) and Silver Blaze before the horse race, and bring the criminals to justice.

The Adventure of Silver Blaze by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Plot summary: Spoilers?

The body of John Straker, 1893 illustration by W. H. Hyde in Harper’s Weekly
Sherlock Holmes and his partner Dr. Watson travel by train to Dartmoor to investigate a crime of disappearance of the great racehorse Silver Blaze and the murder of the horse’s trainer, John Straker. Holmes and Watson arrive at King’s Pyland, from which Silver Blaze is missing. Fitzroy Simpson has come to Dartmoor (and specifically to King’s Pyland) to gather information relating to his professional activities and has become a suspect in the murder. However, to Holmes, from the outset, there seem to be a number of facts that do not fit the inspector’s case against Simpson, damning as it looks. It seems odd, for instance, that he would lead the horse out onto the moor simply to injure or kill him. That could be done right in his stall. He could not have stolen the animal. What good would such a famous thoroughbred be to him? Why has an exhaustive search of the neighborhood not turned up Silver Blaze? What has Simpson done with him?

Sherlock Holmes soon tracks down Silver Blaze, literally: his tracks (along with men) are clearly visible in the soil, albeit intermittently. Holmes also deduces why the police could not find the horse, despite having looked right at him. Holmes ensures Silver Blaze’s safety and turns his mind to other aspects of the case.

John Straker, Silver Blaze’s late trainer, has been killed by a blow to the skull, assumed to have been administered by Simpson with his “Penang lawyer”, a club like a walking stick. Simpson’s cravat is also found in Straker’s hand, and the latter’s coat is found draped over a furze bush. A knife is found at the crime scene—a peculiarly delicate-looking one, with a small blade. Dr. Watson, from his medical experience, identifies it as a cataract knife used for the most delicate surgery—useful as it is for that purpose, it would be unsuitable as a weapon. In addition, Straker also seems to have gashed himself in the hip with it.

Black-and-white drawing of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson confronting Silas Brown
Holmes being confronted by Silas Brown, 1892 illustration by Sidney Paget
One of the stable lads, Ned Hunter, was on guard duty the night of the crime, but he proves to have been drugged with powdered opium placed in his supper. No one else who ate the curried mutton made at the Strakers’ house that evening suffered any ill effects, but Hunter was in a profound stupor well into the next day. Straker’s pockets contained two interesting items: a tallow candle and a milliner’s bill for (among other things) a 22-guinea dress, made out to one William Derbyshire. There is the curious incident with the dog, and a problem with the sheep kept at the stable: a shepherd tells Holmes that three of his animals have recently become suddenly lame.

Holmes’s powers unravel the mystery and lay bare what villainies there are to be exposed. He visits the milliner’s shop in London and determines, using Straker’s photograph, that Straker posed as Derbyshire. This establishes his motive: he had a mistress with expensive tastes and tried to influence the race’s outcome to earn himself a large sum of money.

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