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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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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 »
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Holmes fights 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:
This was the first of Universal's Sherlock Holmes series in which Dennis Hoey appeared as Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The secret weapon bomb sight is a standard photographic enlarger with the bellows and lens set upside down. If it were turned on as it is set up in the movie, the light would shine brightly upwards into the bombardier's eye.See more »
Quotes:
Sherlock Holmes:Christmas boxes! Watson, I'm beginning to see the plan. Dr. Tobell divided his bombsight into four parts. He's given one of these four parts to each of these scientists. What a fascinating plan! You see, each of these parts is useless without the other three...See more »
Soundtrack:
Rule BritanniaSee more »

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20 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Holmes fights WWII, 18 March 2004
Author: Wayne Malin (wwaayynnee51@hotmail.com) from United States

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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