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Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943)

Approved | | Mystery, Thriller, War | 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.


Roy William Neill


Bertram Millhauser (screenplay), Lynn Riggs (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Basil Rathbone ... Sherlock Holmes
Nigel Bruce ... Doctor Watson
Marjorie Lord ... Nancy Partridge
Henry Daniell ... William Easter
George Zucco ... Stanley
John Archer ... Lt. Pete Merriam
Gavin Muir ... Bart Lang
Edmund MacDonald ... Detective Lt. Grogan
Don Terry ... Howe
Bradley Page ... Cady
Holmes Herbert ... Mr. Ahrens
Thurston Hall ... Senator Henry Babcock


Sherlock Holmes is engaged by the Home Office to locate a British subject traveling for his law firm to Washington, D.C. The man had flown to New York City and then took the train to Washington. On the outskirts of the city, the man was kidnapped and has not been seen for several days now. Holmes learns from the Home Office that the man was in fact a government agent who was delivering a highly secret, two page document to the US government. In verifying the contents at his flat, Holmes concludes the document had been reduced to microfilm. The question becomes whether he may have had the opportunity to pass the microfilm to someone else on the train before he was taken. Written by garykmcd

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Mystery | Thriller | War


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Prologue: 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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Entertaining wartime film.
28 June 1999 | by hedgehog-10See all my reviews

An entertaining film about Holmes going to the USA, to recover an important diplomatic document. Reflects the wartime need to stress the democratic desires that were shared by the UK and the USA. Also needed by the increasing US involvement in the war against Germany. Serves as a good example of the attitudes of the day, together with an interesting plot.

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Release Date:

30 April 1943 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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