Movie Fact #295 - September 29th, 2021

 

1946's Dressed to Kill was the last of fourteen movies to star Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes. Yet, it was almost the most incomplete of the films. During the UCLA Sherlock Holmes Restoration Project (1993-2003) they were unable to find any 35mm elements of the main title for this film. The answer? They used a blow-up from a used 16mm television syndication print which was dissolved into the proper point of the restored version which is why the main title of the restored version shows a decrease in resolution, increased grain and a reduction in image registration. But, at least, the title was preserved at all of the last of Rathbone's contribution to the legendary detective character. Stay tuned!

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