The Swan. Comedy. Written by Ferenc Molnár
. Translated from the Hungarian by Melville Baker
. Directed by David Burton
. Cort Theatre: 23 Oct 1923- Jun 1924 (closing date unknown/255 performances). Cast: Geraldine Beckwith, Jack Cobb, Tom Collins, Boswell Davenport, Margaret Farr, Stanley Grand, Carl Hartberg, Halliwell Hobbes
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Sir Basil Rathbone
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[as to how he was awarded his Military Cross] All I did, old man, was disguise myself as a tree - that's correct, a tree - and cross no man's land to gather a bit of information from the German lines. I have not since been called upon to play a tree.
The Sherlock Holmes-esque Basil of Baker Street in The Great Mouse Detective
(1986) is named after Rathbone who was perhaps best known for the many times he played Sherlock Holmes.
He is credited with creating the definitive screen interpretation of Sherlock Holmes, his only rival generally conceded to be Jeremy Brett
's interpretation of the fictional detective.