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Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943)

Approved | | Film-Noir, Mystery | 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.

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... Sherlock Holmes
... Doctor Watson
... Nancy Partridge
... William Easter
... Stanley
... Lt. Pete Merriam
... Bart Lang
... Detective Lt. Grogan
... Howe
... Cady
... Mr. Ahrens
... Senator Henry Babcock
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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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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 »

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The plane is supposedly departing London for the United States. Yet there is a palm tree in the background. See more »

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Sherlock Holmes: Yes, but this is a great country, Watson.
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Dr. John H. Watson: That's magnificent. I quite agree with you.
Sherlock Holmes: Not ...
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Holmes' American Adventure
20 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

Searching for an invaluable microfilm, SHERLOCK HOLMES IN WASHINGTON encounters as much danger as ever he did in old London.

Basil Rathbone & Nigel Bruce return as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's beloved characters Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in this unpretentious but enjoyable film. Although not based on any particular tale from the Canon, there is still enough mystery and intrigue to keep detective fans well satisfied. Of course, with Rathbone all cerebral intellect and Bruce ever the good-natured bumbler, the viewer knows that God's in His Heaven and all's right with the world.

Henry Daniell & George Zucco, two of the series' finest villains, appear in this entry. They both specialized in making menace delightfully subtle and sophisticated. This time they portray German agents intent on retrieving an enormously important British document.

Others in the cast include the lovely Marjorie Lord (who's quite grotesque with a cigarette dangling from her lips) as a young socialite pulled into the nefarious scheme; Holmes Herbert as a senior civil servant in London; and Thurston Hall as a blustery United Stated senator.

Movie mavens will spot several fine actors in uncredited roles: Gerald Hamer as a hapless British agent; elderly Margaret Seddon as a train traveler with mice; dear Mary Gordon as Holmes' landlady, Mrs. Hudson; Mary Forbes as a spy's loving mother; and Ian Wolfe as a slightly sinister antiques store clerk. Especially notable is the always entertaining Clarence Muse, appearing as a club car porter, who does the almost impossible by stealing a scene from Rathbone.

This film followed SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SECRET WEAPON (1942) and preceded SHERLOCK HOLMES FACES DEATH (1943).


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