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Director:
Writers:
Edward T. Lowe Jr. (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
12 February 1943 (USA) See more »
Plot:
Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson must protect a Swiss inventor of an advanced bomb sight from falling into German hands. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
First rate Holmes movie with exceptional villain and patriotic feeling in WWII See more (59 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Basil Rathbone ... Sherlock Holmes

Nigel Bruce ... Doctor John H. Watson

Lionel Atwill ... Professor James Moriarty
Kaaren Verne ... Charlotte Eberli
William Post Jr. ... Dr. Franz Tobel
Dennis Hoey ... Inspector Lestrade
Holmes Herbert ... Sir Reginald Bailey
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. Martha Hudson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rudolph Anders ... Braun (uncredited)
Ted Billings ... Barfly (uncredited)
Veda Ann Borg ... Bar Singer (voice) (uncredited)
Paul Bryar ... Swiss Waiter (uncredited)
John Burton ... RAF Officer (uncredited)
Vicki Campbell ... Woman RAF Pilot (uncredited)
Gerard Cavin ... Scotland Yard Man (uncredited)
Harry Cording ... Jack Brady (uncredited)
James Craven ... RAF Officer Watching Bombsight Test (uncredited)
Harold De Becker ... Peg Leg (uncredited)
Leslie Denison ... Bobbie (uncredited)
George Eldredge ... Policeman Outside Durer's (uncredited)

Paul Fix ... Mueller (uncredited)
Leyland Hodgson ... RAF Officer (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Scotland Yard Detective (uncredited)
Guy Kingsford ... Foot Patrolman (uncredited)
George Burr Macannan ... Gottfried (uncredited)
Michael Mark ... George (uncredited)

Henry Victor ... Professor Frederic Hoffner (uncredited)
Harry Woods ... Kurt (uncredited)

Directed by
Roy William Neill 
 
Writing credits
Edward T. Lowe Jr. (screenplay) (as Edward T. Lowe) &
Scott Darling (screenplay) (as W. Scott Darling) &
Edmund L. Hartmann (screenplay)

Arthur Conan Doyle (story "The Dancing Men") (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

Scott Darling (adaptation) (as W. Scott Darling) &
Edward T. Lowe Jr. (adaptation) (as Edward T. Lowe)

Produced by
Howard Benedict .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Frank Skinner 
 
Cinematography by
Lester White (director of photography) (as Les White)
 
Film Editing by
Otto Ludwig 
 
Art Direction by
Jack Otterson 
 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman  (as R.A. Gausman)
 
Costume Design by
Vera West (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Tummel .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Martin Obzina .... associate art director
Edward R. Robinson .... associate set decorator
 
Sound Department
Bernard B. Brown .... sound director
Paul Neal .... sound technician
 
Music Department
Charles Previn .... musical director
Richard Hageman .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Frank Skinner .... musical arrangements (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Tom McKnight .... technical advisor
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Secret Weapon" - USA (short title)
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Runtime:
UK:80 min | USA:68 min
Country:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-7 (2013) | Finland:K-15 (2009) | Finland:K-18 (2003) (self applied) | Sweden:15 | UK:U (original rating) (cut) | UK:PG (video rating) (1990) | USA:Approved (PCA #8660)

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Trivia:
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:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Sherlock in his Lascar disguise goes on his pub/bar crawl: in the second pub, the Golden Hawk, the darts board he stands in front of is hung wrongly, with #20 at 1-o-clock instead of 12-o-clock.See more »
Quotes:
Professor Moriarty:The needle to the last, eh, Holmes?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes (1985) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Rule BritanniaSee more »

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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
First rate Holmes movie with exceptional villain and patriotic feeling in WWII, 19 July 2007
Author: ma-cortes

This jingoist outing concerns the usual battle Holmes vs. Moriaty,but this time in an effort to save the British war against the Nazis.Sherlock Holmes(Rathbone) and Watson(Bruce),the detecting duo living in 223 Baker Street,again are up against their old enemy Dr. Moriarty(Lionel Atwill).The film starts in Switzerland where Holmes saves from the Nazis to an inventor of a bomb-sight,named Dr. Tobel(Post).Back in London,Tobel hand over four parts of the device to diverse scientist.But Doctor Tobel is kidnapped by Moriarty.Sherlock must to solve his disappearance and some vitally important.Holmes only holds a clue left his girlfriend(Kareen Verne),the detective with an extraordinary mechanism get decode it.But dead body scientific are accumulating but have appeared murdered and Moriarty knows the keys ,as well.Holmes disguised as sailor goes out to investigate ,finding the Moriarty's shelter .The picture is based on¨ the dancing men¨by Arthur Conan Doyle.This is a Rathbone-Bruce effort for the WWII along with ¨The voice of terror¨ in which we are asked to believe the magnificent detective could have lived in this century. Both stories are completely patriotic and flag-waging movies.In fact,on the end there's an advertising buying of war bonds with evident propaganda.

The movie is an excellent Holmes thriller with gripping wartime setting and unanswered mysteries and unstopped suspense.In the film appear the habituals from Holmes series.His nemesis Moriarty,,Mistress Hudson,Inspector Lestrade( a funny Dennis Hoey) and of course the bumbling Dr. Watson.Basil Rathbone performance is splendid ,he's the best cinema's Holmes similar to television's Peter Cushing and Jeremy Brett.Rathbone as whimsical sleuth is top notch,he's in cracking form,intelligent,broody and impetuous.He's finely matched in battle of wits with Moriarty,his arch-enemy,a first range villain: Lionel Atwill.Nigel Bruce plays Watson with humor,jinx,goofy and mirth.He's the perfect counterpoint of Holmes.Besides appear briefly distinguished secondaries as Paul Fix and Whit Bissell.This classic gets an atmospheric black and white cinematography but available colorized in a horrible version.Adequate music score fitting to suspense by Frank Skinner.The motion picture is professionally R. William O'Neal,the usual saga director and habitual in the monsters movies Universal.

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