The penultimate Rathbone - Bruce Sherlock Holmes film takes place on only a few train compartment sets, and features much some stock footage and some beautifully detailed but obvious model train shots. Yet surprisingly, TERROR BY NIGHT stands alongside the best entries of the series such as THE SCARLET CLAW and THE PEARL OF DEATH. Think of it as "Murder on the Basil Rathbone Express" as Holmes must uncover which one of several day coach passengers in a day coach is responsible for a murder aboard the train. He's got plenty of suspects to choose from, including a dear old friend of Dr. Watson, an irritable mathematics professor, and a mysterious young woman transporting a coffin supposedly containing her mother.
Fast-paced, well-directed and featuring a handful of twists near the end, TERROR BY NIGHT is the best Holmes film since THE PEARL OF DEATH and certainly the finest of the last few series entries. ½ - JB