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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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The dubbed German version released in 1959 removed all Nazi references from the dialogue. The story of this edited version is about gangsters trying to get hold of a secret medicine formula that could be dangerous if in the wrong hands. See more »

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The copyright year in the opening credits differing from the release date in "Sherlock Holmes in Washington", with a copyright on the film of MCMXLII (1942), while the release date was April 30, 1943. In another entry, in the opening credits of "Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1942)" the copyright year of the film I viewed showed MCMLXXIX which is 1979. The correct year of production/copyright and release would have been MCMXLII (1942). See more »

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Sherlock Holmes: [Ahrens of the Home Office is explaining the situation about Pettibone having secretly taken a legal document to Washington] What form was this document in?
Mr. Ahrens: It was typed -- on two sheets of legal paper.
Dr. John H. Watson: Two sheets! That's too bulky to swallow!
Sherlock Holmes: And dry, Watson, fearfully dry -- especially *legal* papers!
[no one bats an eye at the horrible pun...]
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"Democracy - the only hope for the future, eh, Holmes?"
9 June 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Third in the Universal series of Sherlock Holmes films is another strong one with a WWII plot. A British secret agent carrying important documents is kidnapped en route to Washington, D.C. The British government turns to Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) to find the agent and the documents. Together with Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce), Holmes journeys to America to investigate.

Rathbone and Bruce are terrific, as usual. This is the last entry in the series where Rathbone sports that silly hairstyle. George Zucco and Henry Daniell are great villains, which should surprise no one. They both played Holmes' nemesis Prof. Moriarty in other films. Holmes Herbert, Thurston Hall, Gavin Muir, and Edmund Macdonald are among the fine actors in the wonderful supporting cast. Marjorie Lord provides the pretty. Strong direction from Roy William Neill.

It's a very entertaining movie. No backhanded compliments here. No "best of the propaganda Holmes films" or "thankfully not as much flag-waving as the previous two films" or any of that stuff. Unlike some other reviewers I don't respond to patriotism (especially during WWII) like the Wicked Witch responds to water. After this entry, Holmes would return to murder mysteries although still taking place in the (then) present day rather than the Victorian era, much to the consternation of Holmes purists. I have my thoughts on that but I'll just quote John Archer, the actor who played Lt. Pete Merriam in this film: "Those Sherlock Holmes fans -- by God, they are rabid. They want everything to be just the way it was."


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