So here we have six Morans of varying, er, quality. But one thing they all have in common: no not that they’re murderous bastards. Hats!
(from top l-r: Silver Blaze/Terror by Night/Russian
bottom l-r: Without a Clue/Granada/Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows)
This has been a Morans in hats appreciation post.
From the Rathbone!Holmes film Terror by Night. Colonel Moran played by Alan Mowbray. He is said to be the cleverest criminal since the late Professor Moriarty. Here Moran is not a terribly good villain though, prone to using overly complicated and supposedly clever plots but then being easily defeated (but that seems to be a trademark of all of these films) but I find a couple of things interesting with this version. One that he’s a jewel thief, which seems to reference Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s play The Crown Diamond, and two, that Holmes makes reference to Moran having an addiction to the study of mathematics. Make of that what you will. (I personally may choose to view it using slash goggles and take it to mean Moran rather liked studying a certain professor of mathematics.)