Dressed to Kill

Synopsis: Sherlock Holmes is intrigued when Dr. Watson's friend, Julian 'Stinky' Emery, visits and tells them of a strange robbery at his flat the previous night. Stinky is an avid collector of music boxes and has several quite expensive pieces in his vast collection. The previous night, someone broke into his flat and knocked him unconscious when he tried to intervene. All they took however was a simple wooden music box he had bought at auction that day for a mere £2. The box was one of three available for sale and as Holmes and Watson begin to trace the other purchasers, it becomes apparent that someone will stop at nothing, including murder, to retrieve all three. When Holmes learns the identity of the music box maker, he is convinced it contains directions to the retrieval of something very valuable that the government has kept from the public.
Genre: Crime, Mystery
Director(s): Roy William Neill
Production: American Pop Classics
Rotten Tomatoes:
76 min

They say you could

get out of here

by merely telling

what you know.

You may or may not be

another Scotland Yard bloke

but I'll give you the same

answer I gave the others.

I still have two years,

eight months and six days left

in which to make

musical boxes

that will be sold

at auction

for the benefit of this

delightful sanctuary.

And I intend to

sell them.

Move along.

And now we come to the next object

on our list, or I should say objects

because there are

three of them.

Now ladies and gentlemen these can

be bought together or separately.

Now these beautiful little musical

boxes only arrived this morning

and I didn't intend to put them

on the auction block until later

but I'm going to

sell them now.

So good friends, as our old pal

Mark Anthony used to say,

"lend me your ears

and what do you hear?"


the beautiful tinkle,

tinkle of a musical box.

What a lovely trinket.

What a beautiful gift,

created and made

by loving hands.

A thing of beauty

and utility.

I was going to start

with five pounds.

It's a bargain for

five pounds.

Do I see any hands?

Is there a connoisseur in the house

who'll go three pounds for it?

Two pounds?

One pound?

Ten shillings?


Thank you, sir.

Ladies and gentlemen,

ten shillings is offered

for a musical box

you couldn't buy anywhere in London

for less than five pounds.

It's a bit of a stealing to

let it go for ten shillings,

like taking milk

from a baby.

All right, we start

with ten shillings.

Ten shillings,

ten shillings is offered.

Ten shillings is offered.

Ten shillings is offered.

Does anybody want to

give me one pound?

Anybody one pound?

Won't somebody

give me a pound?

A pound, one pound

is offered, one pound.

ladies and gentlemen

one pound.

The offer is against you, sir.

Will you go to two pounds?

Will you go to two pounds, sir?

Two pounds.

Two pounds is offered.

Two pounds offered

going once,


third and the last call.

Sold to the gentlemen

for two pounds.

Sorry, my dear.

Now ladies and gentlemen comes

the opportunity to purchase

an exact duplicate of the

beautiful little musical box

just bought by this gentleman

for the ridiculous low price

of two pounds.

Now, it's exactly the same.

Exactly the same.

Made by the same hands.

You hear that?

Isn't that lovely.

That tinkle, tinkle,

tinkle, tinkle.

Sounds like

bow bells to me.

You know, with little angels

pulling on the ropes.

Who will give me

two pounds for it?

Who will start me

with two pounds?

Will anybody start

me with two pounds?

Oh come, come ladies

and gentlemen,

if you offer more enthusiasm we might

all be Scotland instead of London.

Please buy it for me,


Two pounds?

Certainly not.

We all might be

in Scotland.

Besides I don't like

his manner.

One pound,

ten shillings.

One pound.

One pound is asked.

One pound?

One pound is offered.

One pound is offered.

Going, one pound.

In advance.

Going once, going twice,

the third and

the last call.

Sold to the lady

for one pound.

Smart bidding,

my dear.

Thank you.

We come to the third

and last

of these beautiful

little musical boxes.

Exactly the same tinkle,

tinkle. Isn't that lovely?

Ladies and gentlemen

I don't bring you here

to gull you

and swindle you,

this is the exact replica of

those two I just sold before.

We're closed.

But this is extremely


Come in, sir.

Come in.

I'm sorry to disturb you

but I was

unfortunately delayed

from arriving in time to

bid on certain articles,

which I was rather

anxious to obtain.

Well, perhaps they

weren't sold, sir.

We are carrying

several things over.

What might the

articles be, sir?

Three identical musical

boxes about so large.

Oh, I'm sorry, sir,

but they were sold.

Pitty you weren't here

to bid on them.

They didn't bring anything

like their real value.

I'm most anxious

to obtain them.

I wonder if your records

would show

who the purchases were?

Oh, we don't usually give

out that information, sir.

For certain, shall we say,

sentimental reasons

I'm most anxious to get in

touch with the purchasers.

I'd be willing to pay,

shall we say,

five pounds.

Well for certain

sentimental reasons, sir,

we'd be very

happy to oblige.

Alfred, today's sales,

the three musical boxes.

The musical boxes, oh.

Ah, here we are.

The first purchased for two pounds by

Mr. Julian Emery, 52 Portland Square.

- Write these addresses down, Alfred.

- Yes, sir.

Second, didn't leave

any name.

Well, how unfortunate.

I think she's a dealer.

You see, they don't like us to know

where the things are going.

On account of the profits.

You say the second purchaser,

there was a woman,

can you give me a

description of her?

Oh, she was a young woman,

fairly tall, slender,

a light complexion

and dark hair,

- and she was wearing a...

- A gray suit, don't you remember?

- That's right.

- She probably runs a gift shop.

She paid one pound.

You say she comes here

fairly frequently?

No, I didn't say so

but she does, sir.

Likely, she'll come in

on Thursday.

We have sales on

Monday's and Thursday's.


And the third box?

The third, oh, a Mr. William Kilgour,

143B Hampton Way.

For ten shillings.

Quite a drop

from two pounds.

Mr. Kilgour was

a Scotchman.

Well, thank you.

You've been most helpful.

Thank you, sir

and anytime your

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Leonard Lee

Leonard G. Lee CM (July 17, 1938 – July 7, 2016) was a Canadian entrepreneur and founder of Lee Valley Tools and Canica Design. Lee was born in 1938 in Wadena, Sask., and grew up in a log cabin without electricity or running water. He received a Diploma in Civil Engineering from Royal Roads Military College and a Bachelor of Economics degree in 1963 from Queen's University. He worked for the federal government for sixteen years as a topographical surveyor, member of the Canadian Foreign Service and civil servant in the Department of Industry. In 1978, he founded Lee Valley Tools Ltd., a Canadian woodworking and gardening tools mail-order business which has since grown into a multimillion-dollar enterprise. In 1985, he founded Veritas Tools. In 1991, he founded Algrove Publishing. In 1998, with his son Robin running Lee Valley Tools, Lee started a new business, Canica Design, a medical/surgical instrument company, headquartered in Almonte, Ontario. In 2002, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada for "being a successful entrepreneur." In 2007, he was granted an honorary degree from the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario. In 2011, he was granted an honorary doctorate from the University of Ottawa. Lee died on July 7, 2016 from effects of vascular dementia. more…

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