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When Nazi saboteurs jeeringly predicts to the nation of new depredations via their radio Voice of Terror, the Intellegence Inner Council summons Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone)to help in ... See full summary »

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When Nazi saboteurs jeeringly predicts to the nation of new depredations via their radio Voice of Terror, the Intellegence Inner Council summons Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone)to help in the crisis. Holmes and his companion, Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce), are visited the first night of their investigation;a man falls dying from a knife wound on their doorstep. His last word leads Holmes into the slums where he encounters Kitty (Evelyn Ankers), the sweetheart of the slain man. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@sudenlink.net>

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THE MASTER MINDS OF MYSTERY! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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18 September 1942 (USA)  »

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Sherlock Holmes Saves London  »

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Trivia

The Voice of Terror is based on the type of genuine Nazi radio propaganda broadcast by William Joyce, AKA Lord Haw-Haw. See more »

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The opening montage gives a list of the Voice of Terror's broadcasts: Sunday February 5th, Thursday March 23rd, Friday May 12th, Saturday July 1st, Tuesday August 8th, and Tuesday September 19th (actually the day after the genuine Nazi propaganda broadcasts began to be transmitted on radio). These dates all equate to 1939, the majority well before WWII officially broke out on September 1st of that year. See more »

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[first lines]
Voice of Terror: [off-screen] Germany broadcasting. Germany broadcasting. People of Britain, greetings from the Third Reich. This is the voice you have learned to fear. This is the Voice of Terror. Again, we bring you disaster: crushing, humiliating disaster. It is folly to stand against the mighty wrath of the Fuhrer. Do you need more testimony of his invincible might to bring you to your knees? Very well. Are you ready, Operative Number 7? This is the Voice of Terror. A secret airplane factory ...
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SHERLOCK HOLMES, the immortal character of fiction created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is ageless, invincible and unchanging. In solving significant problems of the present day he remains - as ever - the supreme master of deductive reasoning. See more »

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Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
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Let down by a few things, but still well worth seeing.
30 August 2005 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

All of Universal's Sherlock Holmes movies are well worth watching, and even though The Voice of Terror is a lesser entry in the series, it still captures a lot of what makes the rest of the series so brilliant. As usual, the performances are right on cue; with the quintessential Sherlock Holmes, Basil Rathbone, once again bringing all the right cards to the table that make his performances as the great detective so brilliant. Nigel Bruce impresses once again as well as Holmes' sidekick Doctor Watson. These two are always great to watch, and they could be investigating why paint dries and it would still be interesting. The plot takes on a different stance from usual Holmes mysteries, and this time sees him working for the British government after a series of mysterious broadcasts from 'the Voice of Terror' baffle the country. Holmes is put in a situation where he's working for someone bigger than himself, and it puts something of a damper on the usual mystery plot. Because this film was made at the height of the second world war, it's social comments are a little out of date now; but you can see how the plot may have been frightening to the people at the time that this was made. Another thing that lets the film down is propaganda. It's obvious why the film is patriotic, but it goes over the top sometimes and Rathbone's monologue in a public house is of particular, cringe-worthy note. Still; this is a decent mystery and, like the rest of the series, is well worth seeing.


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