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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 » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Excellent Holmes yarn 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
 
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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:
Alan Marshal, George Zucco, and Mary Gordon (uncredited) also appear in the 1936 movie, After The Thin Man.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:
Doctor John H. Watson:[Regarding a rabbit's foot] I've always thought those things in very bad taste. F ancy going about with a dead animals foot dangling from your pocket!See more »
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Soundtrack:
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8 out of 10 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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