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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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Marjorie Lord spends the majority of the film wearing the gown worn by Priscilla Lane in the latter part of Alfred Hitchcock's film, Saboteur (1942) released the previous year. Both films were distributed by Universal Pictures. See more »


Near the beginning of the movie, the bar/lounge compartment on the train was too wide to be on a real train car and the furnishings and passengers did not weave as the train was racing along. See more »


Sherlock Holmes: Yes, I shall write a monograph some day... on the noxious habit of accumulating useless trivia.
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Crazy Credits

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 »


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

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Tense, Often Exciting Sherlock Holmes Feature
9 November 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This is one of the most tense and exciting of the Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce Sherlock Holmes movies, quickly establishing an atmosphere of danger and uncertainty, and maintaining it to the end. There is more than enough suspense and action to make up for a couple of minor holes in the story, and the setting in Washington generally works rather well as a change of pace from the usual British settings.

The story follows the fate of a secret courier and the vital documents that he is carrying, with a gang of villains that targets several innocent bystanders in their desperate desire to get hold of the documents. It's an interesting story that is developed at an effective pace by Roy William Neill, and in particular, the way that the matchbook is used is almost worthy of Hitchcock.

George Zucco has only a few scenes, but he does a fine job as Holmes's adversary. Rathbone and Bruce work smoothly together as usual, and Bruce gets several good moments with his reactions to American culture. It's not the kind of Watson that Arthur Conan Doyle would have recognized, but it works well in its own right, and it makes good use of Bruce's talents. Overall, it's one of the better movies in the enjoyable series.

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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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