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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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Secret Weapon  »

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A modern source lists Philip Van Zandt as Kurt and includes Henry Daniell in the cast as well. However, the role of Kurt is played by Harry Woods and neither Van Zandt nor Daniell appear in the film at all. The unidentified actor mistaken for Daniell plays a Scotland Yard detective slowly driving the police vehicle following the trail of paint, toward the climax of the film. First seen in 3/4 profile leaning out the car window, he does seem to resemble Daniell. However, when he speaks the accompanying line "they fade out again sir" to Dennis Hoey (Insp. Lestrade), and subsequent lines, he clearly has a rather heavy *Brooklyn* accent, and seen in other shots during the scene does not in any way resemble Daniell, and the momentary appearance to the contrary is clearly an optical illusion. 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

Professor Moriarty: Brilliant man, Sherlock Holmes, too bad he was honest.
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Connections

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Rule Britannia
(1740) (uncredited)
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
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Sherlock takes on Nazi agents.
18 June 2004 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

Arthur Conan Doyle's super sleuth Sherlock Holmes(Basil Rathbone) and his assistant Dr. Watson(Nigel Bruce)work seriously to save the British war effort. Holmes is again up against his arch enemy, Professor Moriarty(Lionel Atwill), who is now working for the Nazi and they must be stopped for getting their hands on information concerning a crucial new bomb site. While investigating Holmes takes on a few disguises: an old German bookseller, a Swiss inventor and even a criminal named Lascar.

Also featured in this crime thriller is Dennis Hoey as inspector Lestrade, Holmes Herbert, Kaaren Verne and once again Mary Gordon plays Mrs. Hudson the faithful housekeeper at 221B Baker Street. For some reason I thought Rathbone appeared less intense as usual. And although Atwill is known for being a good villain he is bland compared to Henry Daniell as Moriarty. NOTE: The USA release runs 68 minutes...12 minutes less than the UK film.


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