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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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John Rawlins

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Lynn Riggs (screenplay), John Bright (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Basil Rathbone ... Sherlock Holmes
Nigel Bruce ... Doctor Watson
Evelyn Ankers ... Kitty
Reginald Denny ... Sir Evan Barham
Thomas Gomez ... Meade
Henry Daniell ... Anthony Lloyd
Montagu Love ... Gen. Jerome Lawford
Olaf Hytten Olaf Hytten ... Fabian Prentiss
Leyland Hodgson ... Capt. Roland Shore
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sherlock Holmes Saves London See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The final words by Holmes were more suited to the beginning of World War II. By the time this film was made in the early summer of 1942 victory was assured as the British Commonwealth and Empire had been joined by the Soviet Union, the United States, and China in its battle against the Axis Powers. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Follows The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
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Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
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A Classic Wartime Movie
27 November 2005 | by geoffmssSee all my reviews

Any criticism today of the plot's credibility has to be put in the context of the reason the film was made in the first place. Simply it was a jingoistic, morale boosting piece of theatre for the film going public, by 1942 ravaged by the blitz in London, rationing and the fear of Lord Haw Haw broadcasts.

Sure the plot is thin, Evelyn Ankers plays an East End waif with more than a touch of Southern American drawl and the red herrings are obvious.

That said Rathbone remains the pinnacle Sherlock Holmes and Bruce the lovable bumbling side kick. Great entertainment.


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