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Release Date:
18 September 1942 (USA) See more »
THE MASTER MINDS OF MYSTERY! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
When Nazi saboteurs jeeringly predicts to the nation of new depredations via their radio Voice of Terror... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Let down by a few things, but still well worth seeing. See more (49 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Basil Rathbone ... Sherlock Holmes

Nigel Bruce ... Doctor Watson
Evelyn Ankers ... Kitty

Reginald Denny ... Sir Evan Barham

Thomas Gomez ... R.F. Meade

Henry Daniell ... Anthony Lloyd
Montagu Love ... General Jerome Lawford
Olaf Hytten ... Fabian Prentiss
Leyland Hodgson ... Captain Roland Shore
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rudolph Anders ... Schieler - Nazi at Church (uncredited)
Edgar Barrier ... Voice of Terror (voice) (uncredited)
Robert Barron ... Gavin (uncredited)
Ted Billings ... Basement Dive Bartender (uncredited)
Arthur Blake ... Crosbie (uncredited)
Hillary Brooke ... Jill Grandis - Driver (uncredited)
Harry Cording ... Camberwell - Basement Dive Patron (uncredited)
Leslie Denison ... Air Raid Warden Dobson (uncredited)
Herbert Evans ... Smithson - Barham's Butler (uncredited)
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. Hudson (uncredited)
Fred Graham ... Meade's Henchman (uncredited)
Alec Harford ... Grimes - Basement Dive Patron (uncredited)
Charles Jordan ... Duggan - Basement Dive Patron (uncredited)
Gavin Muir ... BBC Radio Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
John Rogers ... Basement Dive Patron (uncredited)
George Sherwood ... London Cab Driver (uncredited)
Arthur Stenning ... British Officer (uncredited)
Donald Stuart ... Grady - Basement Dive Doorkeeper (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Harry Stubbs ... Taxi Driver 3016 (uncredited)
John Wilde ... Heinrich - Nazi at Church (uncredited)

Directed by
John Rawlins 
Writing credits
Lynn Riggs (screenplay) &
John Bright (screenplay)

Arthur Conan Doyle (story "His Last Bow")

Robert Hardy Andrews (adaptation) (as Robert D. Andrews)

Produced by
Howard Benedict .... associate producer
Original Music by
Frank Skinner 
Cinematography by
Elwood Bredell  (as Woody Bredell)
Film Editing by
Russell F. Schoengarth  (as Russell Schoengarth)
Art Direction by
Jack Otterson 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman  (as R.A. Gausman)
Costume Design by
Vera West (gowns)
Art Department
Martin Obzina .... associate art director
Edward R. Robinson .... associate set decorator
Sound Department
Bernard B. Brown .... sound director
Robert Pritchard .... technician
Music Department
Charles Previn .... musical director
Richard Hageman .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Frank Skinner .... musical arrangements (uncredited)
Other crew
Tom McKnight .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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65 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Finland:K-7 (2013) | UK:U | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

Did You Know?

The Voice of Terror is based on the type of genuine Nazi radio propaganda broadcast by William Joyce, AKA Lord Haw-Haw.See more »
Plot holes: When Holmes and Watson first meet Meade, his name is never stated, yet they know it when they discuss him in a scene shortly thereafter.See more »
[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...
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Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67See more »


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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Let down by a few things, but still well worth seeing., 30 August 2005
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

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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