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Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943)

Approved | | Mystery | 30 April 1943 (USA)
Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson travel to Washington D.C. in order to prevent a secret document from falling into enemy hands.

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In World War II, a British secret agent carrying a vitally important document is kidnapped en route to Washington. The British government calls on Sherlock Holmes to recover it. Written by Philip Apps <apps@math.wisc.edu>

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George Zucco and Henry Daniell both play villains in the film. Zucco earlier played Professor Moriarty in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939) and Daniell later played Moriarty in The Woman in Green (1945). See more »

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The plane is supposedly departing London for the United States. Yet there is a palm tree in the background. See more »

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Dr. John H. Watson: That's magnificent. I quite agree with you.
Sherlock Holmes: Not with me. With Mr. Winston Churchill. I ...
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Another excellent Holmes mystery
30 August 2005 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

I'm a big fan of Universal's Sherlock Holmes series, and Sherlock Holmes in Washington is definitely one of the better entries. The best Sherlock Holmes films tend to be the ones with a horror element (such as The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Scarlet Claw), but even though this one offers nothing in the way of horror; it still manages to present an excellent mystery for Holmes to unravel. He has been sent to Washington on the trail of some stolen microfilm containing important government information. This mystery is set apart from the rest of the series because of the fact that it is set in Washington DC, as opposed to Holmes' native London. The film is conscious of it's surroundings as it spends a lot of time talking about the difference in convention between Britain and America, which is shown best in a sequence involving the hilarious Doctor Watson. As usual with Holmes films, this one features two great performances from the leads; Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, and it's obvious that these two have worked together on many occasions, as their chemistry is flawless. The mystery itself is well plotted and plays out in a way that is both exciting and full of tension. The film's standout moment is draped in irony, and takes place during a dinner party in which the guests take it in turns to handle the microfilm. On the whole, if you like Holmes films; you'll like this one!


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