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enigma43's and theo winthrop's comments are very informative.
Earlier I had read read very critical reviews of the Rathbone/Bruce episodes, including very negative comments about some of Watson's lines, almost assuming that Bruce had written them, himself. Although many of the R/B films are reset in modern times, and are therefore not true to the original text, they nevertheless, have given me great pleasure over several decades of viewing. And so I've decided to not let the "purists" reduce my joy in watching them, and hope to watch them for several more decades! I saw it written that Nigel Bruce was very enthusiastic about playing Watson and looked forward to each film that he was going to play him. If I were a Director, that's the kind of actor I'd want to be working with! Each viewer, of course, has to make their own judgement, but I for one will continue to watch the R/B versions, over and over. Mustang p-51b
Things to Come (1936)
Very interesting early Sci-Fi film with excellent cast
With such actors as Ralph Richardson, Raymond Massey, Cedrick Hardwicke, and Margaretta Scott, how can you go wrong. Very unusual scenics, especially the modern ones. The realization of the modern machinery is very effective. Here you have ray-gun blasts from building vehicles that help clear the area, so new structures can be made. Although she's much younger in this film, It's not very hard to figure out who the future Mrs. Pumphrey from the BBC series, All Creatures Great and Small is going to be! Really effective "reappearance" of both Raymond Massey and Ralph Richardson. The musical score is by the renowned Swiss composer, Artur Honegger and it is also unusual. For the time (1936) it looks like they used really, large sets or the effects make it seem that way. Lastly, it's a really good story.