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Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1942)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Crime, Drama  |  12 February 1943 (USA)
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Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson must protect a Swiss inventor of an advanced bomb sight from falling into German hands.

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Starting in Switzerland, Sherlock Holmes rescues the inventor of a bomb-sight which the allies want to keep from the Nazis. Back in London it sems that the inventor is not all that he seemed. Written by Michael Crew <m.crew@bbcnc.org.uk>

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Trivia

This was the first of Universal's Sherlock Holmes series in which Dennis Hoey appeared as Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard. See more »

Goofs

In the shots of Dr. Tobel peering through his bombsight, the bomb-release switch is clearly shown as being a black Bakelite line-cord rocker switch, mounted inline on the bombsight's electrical trip-wire. Yet in the last bomb-drop shot, Dr. Tobel uses a large round push-button switch to release the bomb, and it appears to be mounted on the end of a trip-wire, not inline on the wire. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Franz Tobel: You would take the Nazis' own car?
Sherlock Holmes: One must adapt oneself to the tools at hand.
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Sobre las Olas (Over the Waves)
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Holmes fights WWII
18 March 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) and Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) have been hired by the British government to protect a Swiss scientist Dr. Franz Tobel (William Post Jr.). He has a bomb that the British want to win the war. Unfortunately the evil Dr. Moriarty (Lionel Atwill) is working with the Nazis and will stop at nothing to get the doctor--and his invention.

Moving Sherlock Holmes to the 1940s sounded like a stupid idea but it does work for one reason--Basil Rathbone. Arguably he is the BEST Sherlock Holmes ever put on the screen. He plays the character so well (and accurately) that it doesn't matter what era he's solving crimes. As for Nigel Bruce as Watson...everybody has problems with it. He plays Watson as a bumbling old fool...that is NOT the Watson of the books. You seriously wonder why Holmes puts up with him. Still, he does grow on you (in a way). Then there's Atwill having a whale of a time playing Moriarty--the discussions and battle of wits between him and Holmes are just great! I've never liked Dennis Hoey as Inspector Lestrade--he's such an idiot. Makes Watson look like a genius. And Post Jr. is pretty good as Tobel (even though his accent amusingly keeps changing!).

This movie is done elaborately and runs only a little over an hour. Still, it does have it's slow spots and I never understood the secret code section.

Still, worth catching if just for Rathbone and Atwill.


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