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Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942)

When a Nazi saboteur jeeringly predicts to the nation new depredations via the radio 'Voice of Terror', the Homeland Security Inner Council summons Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) to help ... See full summary »


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




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 ... Fabian Prentiss
Leyland Hodgson ... Capt. Roland Shore


When a Nazi saboteur jeeringly predicts to the nation new depredations via the radio 'Voice of Terror', the Homeland Security Inner Council summons Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) to help in the crisis. Holmes and his companion, Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce), receive a visitor on the first night of their investigation; a man falls dying from a knife in the back on their doorstep. His last word leads Holmes into the slums where he encounters Kitty (Evelyn Ankers), the sweetheart of the slain man, who promises to help the investigation in any way she can. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@sudenlink.net>

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The last lines in the movie are taken from the Arthur Conan Doyle story "His Last Bow," which is set on the eve of the First World War. See more »


After a broadcast warning that a train carrying a government minister will crash outside Liverpool the train seen crashing into a gorge, is obviously an American one and there is no such scenery anywhere near Liverpool. Another broadcast about 5 minutes later warns of another crash and there's sounds of an American type train siren. 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. 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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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 »


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Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
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OK but suffers from propaganda and the modern setting
25 December 2003 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

In wartime Britain, morale is falling among the troops as a covert radio broadcast calling itself `the voice of terror' directs Nazi agents to carry out attacks and espionage. The Government calls in Sherlock Holmes to track down and stop the broadcast and, as a result, the attacks and espionage.

I have seen several of the modern set Holmes films, most recently `Sherlock Holmes in Washington'. Despite not really liking that one, I decided to give this one a stab anyway. The modern setting seems as much a way of using the films as wartime propaganda rather than as a way of improving the film or anything like that. For that reason this film struggles simply because all the changes have been made for that reason and hence, if they do act as an improvement, then it is only by chance.

The plot is reasonable but not great. It is more about getting the Nazis rather than Holmes' taking on any one foe or trying to solve a specific crime. Rathbone is still good but he looks like a modern fop in his dapper clothes and silly hairdo! Bruce is good but not used as much as he has been in other films. The Nazi's have no character and the support cast is not that strong. Of the film only the conclusion is exciting but even that basically is hinted at heavily all the way through.

Overall, this has all the stuff that I like about Holmes but the modern setting really hurts it. Instead of a good plot, an existing story is twisted to be set in WW2 and deducting is replaced by propaganda and triumphalism over a foe that is never anything more than a caricature.

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Release Date:

18 September 1942 (USA) See more »

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Sherlock Holmes Saves London See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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