Sherlock Holmes' Fatal Hour (1931)

83 mins | Drama | 12 July 1931

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HISTORY

According to Var , the picture was produced by Warner Bros. at Twickenham Studios in England but was distributed in the United States by an independent distributor. This "quota" picture was called The Sleeping Cardinal in England. Copyright files reveal that the lab work was done by George Humphries and Co., Ltd. A modern source credits H. Fowler Mear with work on the screenplay. For information on other films featuring "Sherlock Holmes," consult the Series Index and see the entries above for the 1939 The Hound of the Baskervilles and Sherlock Holmes ... More Less

According to Var , the picture was produced by Warner Bros. at Twickenham Studios in England but was distributed in the United States by an independent distributor. This "quota" picture was called The Sleeping Cardinal in England. Copyright files reveal that the lab work was done by George Humphries and Co., Ltd. A modern source credits H. Fowler Mear with work on the screenplay. For information on other films featuring "Sherlock Holmes," consult the Series Index and see the entries above for the 1939 The Hound of the Baskervilles and Sherlock Holmes . More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
12 Jul 31
p. 11.
Motion Picture Herald
18 Jul 31
pp. 40-41.
New York Times
13 Jul 31
p. 5.
Variety
14 Jul 31
p. 22.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
FILM EDITOR
SOUND
Rec eng
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short stories "The Adventure of the Final Problem" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in Strand (Dec 1893) and his "The Adventure of the Empty House" in Strand (Oct 1903).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Sleeping Cardinal
Release Date:
12 July 1931
Production Date:
at Twickenham Studios, London
Copyright Claimant:
First Division Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
10 July 1931
Copyright Number:
LP2411
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Photophone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
83
Length(in feet):
7,648
Length(in reels):
8
Countries:
United Kingdom, United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Kathleen Adair, Dr. Watson's lifelong friend, asks his advice about her brother Ronald, a young diplomat with the Foreign Office, who she believes has been cheating at cards. She wants Watson to bring the case to the attention of renown private detective Sherlock Holmes, his good friend. When Ronald is asked to deliver diplomatic documents to France, Moriarity, Holmes's arch enemy, succeeds in capturing him and threatens to expose his cheating if he does not agree to take a package of stolen bank notes to France by diplomatic pouch. Holmes discovers where Ronald is being held and leads a raid on Moriarity's headquarters. He rescues Ronald but Moriarity escapes using one of his many disguises. Rather than transport the bank notes, Ronald decides to report the incident to the authorities, but he is shot before he can carry out his plans. The murder is made to look like suicide, but Holmes deduces that Moriarity was behind an ingenious plot. During break-ins that were made to look like robberies, counterfeit bank notes were planted. Moriarity then committed two murders to cover up this scheme. Narrowly escaping death, Holmes traps Moriarity and reveals his real ... +


Kathleen Adair, Dr. Watson's lifelong friend, asks his advice about her brother Ronald, a young diplomat with the Foreign Office, who she believes has been cheating at cards. She wants Watson to bring the case to the attention of renown private detective Sherlock Holmes, his good friend. When Ronald is asked to deliver diplomatic documents to France, Moriarity, Holmes's arch enemy, succeeds in capturing him and threatens to expose his cheating if he does not agree to take a package of stolen bank notes to France by diplomatic pouch. Holmes discovers where Ronald is being held and leads a raid on Moriarity's headquarters. He rescues Ronald but Moriarity escapes using one of his many disguises. Rather than transport the bank notes, Ronald decides to report the incident to the authorities, but he is shot before he can carry out his plans. The murder is made to look like suicide, but Holmes deduces that Moriarity was behind an ingenious plot. During break-ins that were made to look like robberies, counterfeit bank notes were planted. Moriarity then committed two murders to cover up this scheme. Narrowly escaping death, Holmes traps Moriarity and reveals his real identity. +

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