Movie-lovers love Mysteries. We have a fascination for puzzles, complicated stories and a curiosity for things that need explaining. We love the “Who done it?” suspense and the confounding reveal of things we didn’t know — AND we all love to concoct our own interpretation of what’s revealed to us and form our own sometimes pre-mature conclusions. And we don’t always get it right!
This week, MovieZoot.com proudly features four such masterful mysteries in a collection of suspenseful dramas including Thomas Bentley’s 1937 Murder at the Baskervilles, Graham Cutts’ 1932 The Sign of Four, Roy William Neill’s 1945 The Woman in Green and David Greene’s 1982 Rehearsal for Murder.
Sit back, relax and get absorbed in these wonderful mystery movies. You may want to take notes, because the storylines get very twisted!
Murder at the Baskervilles is the 1937 black & white Thomas Bentley Sherlock Holmes mystery starring the incomparable Arthur Wontner, Ian Fleming (the actor not the James Bond writer) and Lynn Harding where upon returning to Baskerville Hall, brilliant detective Sherlock Holmes envisions a relaxing holiday with his dear friend Sir Henry Baskerville. Soon, however, Holmes and his intrepid assistant, Dr. Watson, become ensnared in a plot to fix a prestigious race in which Baskerville’s horse, Silver Blaze, is the favorite. When two people are found dead as a result of the gambling plot, suspicion falls on Holmes’ bitter rival, Moriarty.
The Sign of Four is the 1932 Graham Cutts black & white Sherlock Holmes mystery starring Ian Hunter, Arthur Wontner, Ilsa Bevin and Graham Soutton where a young woman turns to Sherlock Holmes for protection when she’s menaced by an escaped killer seeking missing treasure. However, when the woman is kidnapped, Holmes and Watson must penetrate the city’s criminal underworld to find her.
The Woman in Green is the 1945 Roy William Neill black & white Sherlock Holmes mystery starring Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Hillary Brooke and Henry Daniell where a number of attractive women are found dead and with fingers missing, Sherlock Holmes (played by Rathbone) and Dr. Watson (Bruce) investigate. Though evidence points to a psychotic killer, Holmes begins to believe that there’s more to the case than initially meets the eye, a notion that leads him to uncover the involvement of his archenemy, Professor Moriarty (Daniell). Who is working with Moriarty on such a dastardly plot and what are their motives?
Rehearsal for Murder is David Greene’s 1982 American murder mystery with an all-star cast including Robert Preston, Lynn Redgrave, Patrick Macnee and Jeff Goldblum in the story of Alex Dennison (played by Preston), a playwright engaged to actress Monica Welles (Redgrave). But on the opening night of her new Broadway play, she kills herself over some bad reviews. Thoroughly distraught, Alex can’t believe she’d commit suicide and begins to suspect she was actually murdered. Under the pretext of having them read for his new play, Alex invites all of the suspicious parties to an empty theater and locks them in until the truth comes out.