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Director:
Writers:
Edwin Blum (screenplay) and
William A. Drake (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
1 September 1939 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Struggle of Super-Minds in the Crime of the Century!
Plot:
The master sleuth hunts his archenemy, Professor Moriarty, who is planning the crime of the century. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Good Cast, Atmosphere, & Action See more (58 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Basil Rathbone ... Sherlock Holmes

Nigel Bruce ... Dr. Watson

Ida Lupino ... Ann Brandon
Alan Marshal ... Jerrold Hunter
Terry Kilburn ... Billy
George Zucco ... Prof. Moriarty
Henry Stephenson ... Sir Ronald Ramsgate
E.E. Clive ... Inspector Bristol
Arthur Hohl ... Bassick
May Beatty ... Mrs. Jameson
Peter Willes ... Lloyd Brandon
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. Hudson
Holmes Herbert ... Justice of the Court
George Regas ... Mateo
Mary Forbes ... Lady Conyngham
Frank Dawson ... Dawes
William Austin ... Inquisitive Stranger
Anthony Kemble-Cooper ... Tony Conyngham (as Anthony Kemble Cooper)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Baker ... Tompkins (uncredited)
Frank Benson ... Cockney (uncredited)
Ted Billings ... Pub Customer (uncredited)
Harry Cording ... Cragin (uncredited)
Robert Cory ... Tower Sentry (uncredited)
Neil Fitzgerald ... Clerk of the Court (uncredited)
Denis Green ... Sergeant of the Guard (uncredited)
Gordon Hart ... Guard (uncredited)
Ivo Henderson ... Bobby (uncredited)
Keith Hitchcock ... Constable (uncredited)
Leyland Hodgson ... Bobby (uncredited)
Boyd Irwin ... Bobby (uncredited)
Charles Irwin ... Marine Sergeant (uncredited)
Leonard Mudie ... Barrows - Moriarty's Attorney (uncredited)
Robert Nobel ... Foreman of the Jury (uncredited)
Ivan F. Simpson ... Gates - Trial Prosecutor (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson ... Cabby (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Conyngham Butler (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred L. Werker  (as Alfred Werker)
 
Writing credits
Edwin Blum (screenplay) and
William A. Drake (screenplay) (as William Drake)

William Gillette (play "Sherlock Holmes")

Arthur Conan Doyle  characters (uncredited)

Produced by
Gene Markey .... associate producer
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Robert Russell Bennett (uncredited)
David Buttolph (uncredited)
Cyril J. Mockridge (uncredited)
David Raksin (uncredited)
Walter Scharf (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Leon Shamroy (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Bischoff 
 
Art Direction by
Richard Day 
Hans Peters 
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
 
Costume Design by
Gwen Wakeling 
 
Production Management
Darryl F. Zanuck .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Eckhardt .... assistant director (uncredited)
Virgil Hart .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
W.D. Flick .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Cyril J. Mockridge .... musical director
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
85 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-7 (2013) | Finland:K-16 (1940) | UK:PG | USA:Approved (PCA #5486)

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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:
Continuity: (at around 40 mins) Holmes closes the door in a closeup shot smoking his pipe. As the camera cuts to a wide shot the pipe is gone.See more »
Quotes:
Inquisitive Stranger:[Watson is lying in the street in order to reconstruct a murder - a stranger stops and stares] I say, has something happened?
Doctor John H. Watson:Definitely. Would you mind stepping back a few paces?
Inquisitive Stranger: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 aren't you ill?
Doctor John H. Watson:Certainly not. I'm dead.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Real Sherlock Holmes (2012) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Do Like To Be Beside the SeasideSee more »

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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Good Cast, Atmosphere, & Action, 3 June 2005
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

The cast, atmosphere, & action in this version of "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" are all good reasons why it is an enjoyable feature. The story is very loosely based on a play that itself had freely adapted some of Doyle's characters and plot ideas, and thus the plot is essentially entirely new, yet the Victorian atmosphere and Basil Rathbone's portrayal of the great detective give it a pretty good "Holmes" feel.

The basic story idea has Professor Moriarty scheming to exploit one of Holmes's few weaknesses, and although the plot in itself does not come from the novels, it is a perceptive way of using the characters. There are some loose ends in the story that would have been tied together except for some studio-decreed cuts; the notes that accompany the DVD release are quite helpful in covering what was omitted.

George Zucco makes fine use of his screen time as Moriarty, and Ida Lupino makes her character a demure and appealing heroine in distress, while showing some good spirit at the right times. Nigel Bruce's Watson has a rather different feel from Doyle's character, but he gets some good moments of his own here, and Bruce does well with them.

For a great many Sherlock Holmes fans, nothing can now rival the magnificent Jeremy Brett versions from the 1980s and 1990s, with their marvelous atmosphere, careful story adaptations, and Brett's penetrating portrayal of Holmes. But until those were made, Basil Rathbone's portrayal of the detective was as good as any of the many actors who had played him. This movie and its predecessor "The Hound of the Baskervilles" are among the most enjoyable of all of the Rathbone features, for their atmosphere and their lively stories.

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