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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)

Approved | | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | 1 September 1939 (USA)
The master sleuth hunts his archenemy, Professor Moriarty, who is planning the crime of the century.

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Sir Ronald Ramsgate
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Lloyd Brandon
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Mateo
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Lady Conyngham
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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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Trivia

The second film in the Sherlock Holmes series starring Basil Rathbone as the detective and Nigel Bruce as Dr Watson. This was set in 1894 London. All the subsequent films in the series were contemporary. See more »

Goofs

The balloon goblet with the flies is alternately covered and not covered in successive shots. See more »

Quotes

Inquisitive Stranger: [Watson is lying in the street in order to reconstruct a murder - a stranger stops and stares] I say there, has something happened?
Doctor John H. Watson: Definitely. Would you mind moving back a few paces?
Inquisitive Stranger: Eh, not at all.
Doctor John H. Watson: Thank you.
Inquisitive Stranger: Perhaps I could find a doctor?
Doctor John H. Watson: I'm a doctor. What's the matter with you?
Inquisitive Stranger: I'm all right. I was thinking of you.
Doctor John H. Watson: Why?
Inquisitive Stranger: But... But, aren't you ill?
Doctor John H. Watson: Certainly not. I'm dead.
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Followed by Pursuit to Algiers (1945) See more »

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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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The Best Sherlock Holmes
12 July 2006 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

The follow-up to the the very successful The Hound of the Baskervilles,is even better than its predecessor.Basil Rathbone gives a marvelous performance as the super-sleuth.His performance in disguise as a singer at a party is fantastic.He was totally unrecognizable.Nigel Bruce was as always good as Holmes 's sidekick Dr.Watson.But what elevates this entry in the Holmes-series was the portrayal of George Zucco's Dr.Moriarty,Holmes's nemesis. Moriarty's plot to break his enemy was rather clever.I enjoyed seeing Rathbone really getting in to the persona of Holmes in this one.The movie's short running-time was perhaps my only disappointment.


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