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The master sleuth hunts his archenemy, Professor Moriarty, who is planning the crime of the century.

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Cast

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Ann Brandon
Alan Marshal ...
Jerrold Hunter
Terry Kilburn ...
Billy
George Zucco ...
Henry Stephenson ...
Sir Ronald Ramsgate
E.E. Clive ...
Inspector Bristol
Arthur Hohl ...
Bassick
May Beatty ...
Mrs. Jameson
Peter Willes ...
Lloyd Brandon
Mary Gordon ...
Holmes Herbert ...
Justice of the Court
George Regas ...
Mateo
Mary Forbes ...
Lady Conyngham
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Storyline

Professor Moriarity has a scheme for stealing the crown jewels from the Tower of London. To get Holmes involved, he persuades a gaucho flute player to murder a girl. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The Struggle of Super-Minds in the Crime of the Century!


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1 September 1939 (USA)  »

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Sherlock Holmes  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although William Gillette's name appears in the credits, this film bears little or no resemblance to his 1899 play "Sherlock Holmes". See more »

Goofs

The popular variety-hall song "I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside" is performed at Lady Conyngham's party. This was composed in 1907, fifteen years after the film's 1892 setting. See more »

Quotes

Sherlock Holmes: I've decided to accept your case, Miss Brandon. I shall help you all I can.
Ann Brandon: Oh, Thank you.
Jerrold Hunter: We don't want your interference, Mr. Holmes.
Sherlock Holmes: I interfere whenever and wherever I like, Mr. Hunter.
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Soundtracks

I Do Like To Be Beside the Seaside
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Written and Composed by John Glover Kind
Performed by Basil Rathbone
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DVD Improved The Atmosphere, Story
20 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Some national critics rated this the best of the old Sherlock Holmes films. I don't agree with that, but it's a good one. It's also a film I didn't fully appreciate the first time. On the second look, thanks no doubt to the wonderful "restoration" job on the DVD, it brought the cinematography to the forefront and made the whole story more attractive, too.

There are some wonderful scenes with light and shadows and foggy London streets. Story-wise, it's okay nothing that memorable except we see a very young and innocent-looking Ida Lupino playing a nice British girl. Holmes (Basil Rathbone) is his usual deductive self and Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) elicits a few laughs along the way, not as many as he did in future films but more than he did in his first Holmes film, "The Hound Of The Baskervilles."

There weren't as many suspects in this SH adventure as in most of them, but that was fine with me. It was more a battle of wits between the good detective and his nemesis, "Dr. Moriarity" (George Zucco), which is better than having a dozen suspects.


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