Something of a fuddy-duddy that takes getting
used to, Arthur Wontner would embody Sherlock Holmes for Britishers over a quintet
of Doyle adaptations, and chances are we'd like him better given access to more
of Wontner's SH output (one appears lost, others elusive in good prints). He's
unfailingly polite (unlike aggressor Rathbone) and tactful to a fault with
associates less bright. Crime's emissary is dreaded Prof. Moriarty, a master of
disguise with headquarters in a cobbler's flat, humble digs a consequence of
Twickenham budget constraint and locked- indoors shooting. Sherlock Holmes'
Fatal Hour is best approached as an antique curio of primary interest to Doyle
devotees and those striking off actor interprets of the famed sleuth, in this
case my first, but hopefully not last, exposure to Wontner's SH. TCM played
Fatal Hour, it appearing to derive from a single print found in the US after
years of the film gone missing. Being
Public Domain, there are multiple disc versions in circulation.