Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce make their second screen appearances as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Ostensibly based on the stage play by William Gillette, the film owes nothing to the play beyond the characters of Holmes, Watson, Billy the page boy and Professor Moriarty. Played with relish (and a bit of pickle) by George Zucco, Moriarty plots to steal the Crown Jewels, and also to confound Holmes by obliging the Great Detective to be in two places at once. Ida Lupino costars as an imperiled young woman who is seemingly plagued by an ancient family curse--a plot development that has been carefully stage-managed by the malevolent Moriarty. Basil Rathbone is excellent not only as Holmes but also in the guise of a cockney music-hall entertainer (if indeed that is Rathbone performing a buck-and-wing in longshot). The second of Twentieth Century-Fox's Holmes films (Hound of the Baskervilles was the first), The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was the last in which Rathbone and Bruce were seen in a 19th century setting. In the subsquent Sherlock Holmes series at Universal, the exploits of Holmes and Watson were updated to the World War II years. Hal Erickson, Rovi
Though it is not based on any Conan Doyle story, The Scarlet Claw is regarded by Baker Street aficionados as the best of Universal's Sherlock Holmes series. Holmes (Basil Rathbone) and Watson (Nigel Bruce) journey to Canada to investigate a series of mysterious murders. All the victims have been found with their throats ripped out (yecch). Halfway through the film, Holmes deduces that the culprit is a demented actor, wreaking vengeance on those who've wronged him in some way or other. The actor is a master of disguise, and could be anyone in the village -- from the constable to the postman to the reclusive, violence-prone innkeeper (Arthur Hohl). Alas, the publicity photos sent out with The Scarlet Claw gave away the identity of the killer -- something we have no intention of doing here. Hal Erickson, Rovi
- Whodunit, Detective Film
- Murder Investigations, Serial Killers, Assumed Identities, Out For Revenge, Private Eyes
- 02 hr 36 min
- September 15, 2009
- Gerald Hamer , Ida Lupino , Nigel Bruce , Basil Rathbone , Alan Marshal
- Arthur Hohl , David Clyde , Kay Harding , Henry Stephenson , Miles Mander , George Zucco , E.E. Clive , Paul Cavanagh , Harry Allen , Olaf Hytten , Frank O'Connor , Gertrude Astor , Ian Wolfe , George Kirby , Anthony Kemble-Cooper , Victoria Horne , May Beatty , Peter Willes , Mary Gordon , Holmes Herbert , George Regas , Mary Forbes , Frank Dawson , William Austin , Terry Kilburn
- Roy William Neill , Alfred L. Werker
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