A Study in Scarlet

Synopsis: In London, a secret society led by lawyer Thaddeus Merrydew collects the assets of any of its deceased members and divides them among the remaining members. Society members start dropping like flies. Sherlock Holmes is approached by member James Murphy's widow, who is miffed at being left penniless by her husband. When Captain Pyke is shot, Holmes keys in on his mysterious Chinese widow as well as the shady Merrydew. Other members keep dying--Malcom Dearing first, then Mr. Baker. There is also an attempt on the life of young Eileen Forrester, who became a reluctant society member upon the death of her father. Holmes' uncanny observations and insights are put to the test.
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Director(s): Edwin L. Marin
Production: American Pop Classics
72 min


I can not.

Jennie, you're young,

I can not open it.

Well, Sally.

Is closed.

Call Jim.

Mr. Partridge.

Hey, Mr. Partridge.

Now, what is the problem?

We can not open the door.


Are you listening?

He came to Victoria Station.

That's funny.

It will be taken and fell asleep.

Hey Jim, brings the ladder.


Open that window.


I can not open it, Mr. Partri.

The name is Partridge.

Then, break the glass.

Mr. Partridge.

Calm down. Look.

Jim, call the police.

Do not miss a moment.

This must be the place.


You wait here.

I will not let

alone to a place like this.

Yes, you must.

I'll be fine.

This meeting comes on assignment.

The unfortunate death in a train ...

one of our members,

Mr. James Murphy ...

who left this life for

their own means ...

hanging himself with a rope ...

has led to the need

to make this meeting.

That's what you

says Mr. Merrydew.

But how does he know?

A suicide report

was performed tonight.

This is the second time in

we are involved ...

by the loss of one

of our members.

The first was the loss

natural causes ...

the late Colonel Forrester.

Whose lovely daughter makes us

honor of joining us tonight.

It is a desire of its founders ...

that sobrellevemos one and no more ...

in the interest of the deceased ...

and society ...

divide it equally between ...

the surviving members.

It is also planned

that Ms. Forrester ...

a member becomes longer.

As a result the

part of the deceased ...

James Murphy will

equally divided ...

us seven.

I waive my fee, by

necessary legal assistance.

Funeral expenses

and cremation ...

will be supported by

our organization.

I have knowledge

Through the widow ...

he expressed his preference

for cremation.

I agree.

All make your vote

raising their hands.

Mr. Wilson.

Mr. Baker.

Mr. Dearing

Mr Pyke

Ah Yet.


Have you saved something to the widow?


I think we can

do something for them.

Surely not.

Things are quite complicated.

Why has committed suicide?

Have you ever met his wife?

No. Do not?

Well, I have.

In the past I met her.

And can attribute their

only death ...

to the overall efficiency of ...

Anabel Mary Murphy.

What follows from this?

Obviously an attempt to send ...

secret information.

Can you decipher it?

I can not.

Nor you.

Would you want to bet?


How much money?

A shilling.

My time is valuable.

The answer will be found

in a large book ...

because the numbers are very large.

As is the Bible.

It's time, Watson.


The widow who is

standing under the streetlight.

A widow?

Want to bet on it?

Of course.

I will not go down to the

street to ask.

Not necessary, she already decided.

So you figured it out from here.

Not in this case.

I recognized by the newspapers.

She is Mrs. Murphy.

Her husband was murdered

three days ago.

You mean the man who

found dead on the train?



Ms. Murphy wants to see you, sir.

Mr. Holmes I have a big problem ...

a disaster ...

my husband is dead

without me anything ...

that poverty is a

shame Mr. Holmes.

Yest down and try to calm down.

It was unannounced.

I am a good for nothing.

I gave you my life.

Nobody could be a better wife.

I always expected it.

Always ready, morning noon and night.

And what did he do?

He was killed ...

and left his money to a company ...

Mr. Merrydew if.

And another thing, I never saw anything like it.

He also left six more.

Not to do, Mr. Holmes.

Tadeo? Merrydew, the lawyer?

Yes, sir, feet to

head a dirty rat.

One moment.

For how long were you married?

Five long years.

Prior to her marriage,

her husband was in the Army.

Did you know? Yes.

He was assigned to China.

That is correct.

Then she married.

And I gave you everything, Mr. Holmes.

You should ask about the

black south, and will tell.

It was I who made it possible.

Her husband gave her the money.

Without a doubt.

And then he wanted more and came

to London to get it.

It was on that trip where you killed.

How do you know?

Well, Jim came to my room ...

I was in bed,

and had taken something ...

I happen to


He had a letter from her aunt.

She has paid, he said.

Then I realized it was taken.

I'm going to London.

Did you read the contents of the letter?

There was no such letter.

It was just a piece of paper.

"Yesx small

Negritos, played with ...

a hive, a bee

stung by one of them ...

and then there were five ".

Watson ...

note the direction

of Mrs. Murphy.

Coast number 232 King Street.

So plan to take

the case, Mr. Holmes?

Yes, I'll take it.

You will be interested to know it was for love.


Is not that so?

I realized that he likes his work.

My interest is to bring the

criminal justice.

A I do not care justice ...

crime does not interest me ...

all I want is the money.

And I want to put in your

Lawyers in ...

without costs, by that exquisite business.

Good evening, Mr. Holmes, we

're seeing, and thank you very much.

Good night, Mrs. Murphy.

We are in deep waters, Watson.

She needs a lawyer, not you.

You think so?

I think you spend your energy

in something so childish.

Who is this Merrydew?

The offender more

London dangerous.

The king of all the blackmailers.

A slippery, filthy

and poisonous snake.

Once in power

presses and squeezes ...

until your victim is dry.

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Robert Florey

Robert Florey (14 September 1900 – 16 May 1979) was a French-American director, screenwriter, film journalist and actor. Born as Robert Fuchs in Paris, he became an orphan at an early age and was then raised in Switzerland. In 1920 he worked at first as a film journalist, then as an assistant and extra in featurettes from Louis Feuillade. Florey moved to the United States in 1921. As a director, Florey's most productive decades were the 1930s and 1940s, working on relatively low-budget fillers for Paramount and Warner Brothers. His reputation is balanced between his avant-garde expressionist style, most evident in his early career, and his work as a fast, reliable studio-system director called on to finish troubled projects, such as 1939's Hotel Imperial. He directed more than 50 movies. His most popular film is likely the first Marx Brothers feature The Cocoanuts of 1929, and his 1932 foray into Universal-style horror, Murders in the Rue Morgue is regarded by horror fans as highly reflective of German expressionism. In 2006, as his 1937 film Daughter of Shanghai was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, Florey was called "widely acclaimed as the best director working in major studio B-films". more…

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