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Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942)

When a Nazi saboteur jeeringly predicts to the nation 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 a Nazi saboteur jeeringly predicts to the nation 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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This is the third of fourteen films based on Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional consulting detective Sherlock Holmes starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Doctor Watson. It is the first in the series to be taken out of the Victorian age and set in modern times. It is also the first to be produced at Universal Studios. (The previous two films were made at 20th Century Fox.) 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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Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Fabulous Photography Elevates This Holmes' WWII Tale
31 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here's another example of a film I first thought was so-so until I purchased the Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection that was carefully "restored" on DVD with a package of now-beautiful transfers of these famous films. Instead a poor- quality tape, which was the only thing available in the '90s, now every scene is clear.

In this movie, having a good transfer is more important than normal because this might be the best-looking SH film of them all. There are a ton of night-time scenes, like a film noir, and a lot of facial closeups. In fact, I would say this movie was better filmed than many film noirs I've seen.

The story is about a "Tokyo Rose"-type voice telling the British how inferior they were and how the Nazis were going to were going to commit their terrorist-type activities at the moment of the broadcast. And, indeed they did, as promised. This propaganda over "the wireless," as Dr. Watson and other called the radio back then, was driving English folks crazy. The government and Scotland Yard, in desperation, calls Sherlock Holme to the rescue, if he can help.

Holmes deduces that all these acts are only a prelude to some "huge, diabolical act yet to come" and sets out to discover what that would be and who is responsible for the broadcasts. He finds some in the high muckety-muck society that hired him is a traitor and doing the broadcasts from within, as well as spilling secrets to the Germans.

Evelyn Ankers as "Kitty" helps Holmes and is a very attractive helper. Henry Daniell plays his normal irritating character (he was good at that) and Thomas Gomez was interesting as a Nazi.

Overall, a decent story with super photography.


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