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Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon -- Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson must protect a Swiss inventor of an advanced bomb sight from falling into German hands.

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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:
Enjoyable Holmes outing 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:
The lines that Holmes quotes at the end of the film are a condensed version of William Shakespeare's lines from Richard II. [Richard II, 2.1, 40-51]See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Braun:French! English! How I hate those languages!
Mueller:Calm yourself, my dear Braun. In a short time there will *be* only one language.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Great Mouse Detective (1986)See more »
Soundtrack:
Rule BritanniaSee more »

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26 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Enjoyable Holmes outing, 25 December 2003
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

In the midst of WWII, Holmes is involved in the protection of a scientist working on a secret weapon that may prove to be a turning point against the Nazi's. When the scientist and his formulae goes missing, Holmes becomes involved in a rush to rescue the man and prevent nemesis Professor Moriarty getting hold of the rest of the formulae.

Although I'm not a major fan of the Holmes films where he finds himself in the modern day world, this is one of the better ones I have seen thus far. The plot is a little thick at the start but really gets going when the scientist goes missing. The investigation by Holmes is very engaging and the climax has a nice couple of scenes where Holmes and Moriarty match wits.

Rathbone makes a good Holmes as always and here he happily hasn't as bad a haircut as he did in some of the modern films. Bruce is much better than usual - he is less of a mug and is made less fun of by Holmes, he actually shows a bit of sense about him. Indeed so does Lestrade (Hoey), so often a comedy figure, it's nice to see him involved a bit more than usual! Atwill's Moriarty is good but I always saw him as a leaner, meaner man - Atwill looks more like Watson than Sherlock, even though their battle of wits is good I never felt that he was any match for Holmes, never mind being a nemesis.

Overall I enjoyed this film. It does have a small bit of propaganda at the very end but, unlike some of the other films, doesn't ram it down your throat - by making it about Moriarty rather than Nazi goons, the film works better. It has a slow start but it opens up to be very enjoyable.

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