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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 » | Add synopsis »
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The Crown Jewels See more (59 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
 
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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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
When Sherlock Holmes gatecrashes a garden party and sings "I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside", he's 13 years too early. The film is set in 1894 but the song was written in 1907.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): At c.10 minutes Holmes' left-hand fingers barely move and his right hand is equally immobile when he plays his violin, pizzicato, emphasizing that he is miming throughout.See more »
Quotes:
Sherlock Holmes:The nose of the police dog, although long and efficient, points in only one direction at a time.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Angel: Release (#4.14)" (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Do Like To Be Beside the SeasideSee more »

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33 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
The Crown Jewels, 6 October 2002
Author: telegonus from brighton, ma

Released in the landmark movie year of 1939, this is my favorite Sherlock Holmes film. It is set in the proper period, has a reasonable budget, excellent sets, and fog so thick one would have to cut it with a razor. The story has to do with Professor Moriarity's scheme to steal the crown jewels. More than anything, however, the movie is a vehicle for Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, whose interpretations of Holmes and Watson are so engaging and larger than life that several decades later actors are still compared (usually unfavorably) to these two whenever they attempt to take on these roles. Rathbone makes an impressive Holmes,--cunning, gentlemanly, high-minded, somewhat competitive, intensely focused. One of the many things that makes Rathbone so perfect as Holmes is that while he may fall short of the mark in his portrayal of the character Conan Doyle created in print, he is an ideal movie Holmes. There's an heroic quality to him. Rathbone was more than a bit of a swashbuckler on screen, as is obvious in his many duels with Flynn and Power, and he brought some of this edgy, assertive quality to his interpretation of Holmes, and as is so often the case when an actor varies somewhat from a character created in fiction (Bogart is a far cry from Hammett's "blonde Satan" of a Sam Spade), this can actually work in his favor. Rathbone is Hollywood's Sherlock Holmes, and I can't imagine a better one. Bruce often played Watson as a bumbler later in the series, but in the early entries was more serious and competent. His movie Watson is overall somewhat comical, and creates a charming contrast to the grim, determined Holmes, and works for me because I like a little respite from the seriousness of a mystery, any mystery, since the genre is melodramatic, and hard to take when it gets too heavy. With Bruce on hand it never does.

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