Movies from the 1990s

A collection of scenes, people, lines, props, and other details from the movies of the 1990s.

Inspector Morse: The Wench is Dead

Inspector Morse: The Wench is Dead (1998)

Following on from the appearance of ‘The Bell Ringers‘, here’s another of Charles Ahrens’s coin-operated machines.

This one is a little more ghoulish; it takes the form of the front wall of a prison, through the door of which we get to watch a condemned prisoner being hanged.

Just as ‘The Bell Ringers’ fitted perfectly with the catholic sensibilities of Graham Greene’s story in Brighton Rock, ‘The Executioner’ suits the themes of The Wench is Dead, one of the later episodes of Inspector Morse, which sees the Oxford detective re-examining a 19th century murder which resulted in the hanging of two men—wrongly, according to Morse.

film still from The Wench is Dead (Inspector Morse)
Sherlock Holmes: Shoscombe Old Place

Sherlock Holmes: Shoscombe Old Place (1991)

Jude Law may have recently played Watson in Guy Ritchie’s 2009 film Sherlock Holmes, but this wasn’t his first brush with the great detective. Back in 1991, Law appeared in the Granada television series The Case-book of Sherlock Holmes, with Jeremy Brett in the title role.

In the episode ‘Shoscombe Old Place‘, Jude Law plays Joe Barnes, a young man who comes to a stable looking for work, beause he’d “like to be a jockey more than anything in the world”. At first he’s turned away by stable owner Sir Robert Norberton, but before long he’s back, the young innocent drawn into a sinister scheme involving death, spaniels, and cross-dressing.

Jude Law in Sherlock Holmes: Shoscombe Old Place (film still from Sherlock Holmes: Shoscombe Old Place)