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Release Date:
1 September 1939 (USA) See more »
The Struggle of Super-Minds in the Crime of the Century!
The master sleuth hunts his archenemy, Professor Moriarty, who is planning the crime of the century. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (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 ... Professor 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

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)

Sol Murgi ... Party Guest (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 Absalom 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
Louis Kaufman .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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

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The last Sherlock Holmes film made at 20th Century Fox.See more »
Continuity: The balloon goblet with the flies is alternately covered and not covered in successive shots.See more »
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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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Excellent Holmes yarn, 3 June 2005
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

This entry in the Sherlock Holmes series is one of the best and it sees the great Basil Rathbone reprise his role as the eloquent sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, once again. This film sees the world's greatest detective face off against his arch nemesis, Professor Moriarty, who plans to not only commit the world's greatest crime, but do it right under the nose of our protagonist. Like most detective dramas, this one keeps itself alive by offering the audience a constant sense of intrigue and ensuring that we follow the mystery along with Sherlock Holmes. The film also benefits from it's central character, who is always a delight to have on screen before you. Holmes is brought to life with a confidant and assured persona, and you always get the impression that he knows exactly what he's doing. His mannerisms are also a treat, and the way that Holmes uses his spare time to do things such as play violin to houseflies, is absurdly funny and helps to build the character into the eccentric and intelligent man that he is.

While a few people, such as Peter Cushing for example, have played Sherlock Holmes; it will always be Basil Rathbone that will be best remembered for it. His persona blends exquisitely with that of the central character, and it makes for a great piece of casting. His mannerisms and personality are great throughout, and Basil Rathbone was clearly born for this role. The rest of the casting is good too, with Nigel Bruce in the role of Watson making the best of it, and also cult favourite George Zucco, who brings class and sophistication to the role of Holmes' arch enemy Professor Moriarty. The story itself is strong, and the two mysteries that run through it combine well together and both threads are interesting enough to keep the audience entertained throughout. It's a shame that films like this aren't made any more as they make for a great slice of entertainment, as we watch a mystery unravel before our eyes. Still, a lot were made in the 30's and 40's and I plan to track them all down!

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