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Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943)

Approved | | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller | 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.

Director:

Roy William Neill

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Bertram Millhauser (screenplay), Lynn Riggs (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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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
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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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Holmes says hullo NOT hello. Hullo was a term used as an exclamation of surprise. See more »

Goofs

As Holmes and Watson are being driven to the airport at the end of the film, they are shown approaching the U.S. Capitol via Pennsylvania Ave. in the heart of Washington, DC. However, when the camera turns back to Holmes and Watson, they're passing a number of nondescript garages, junk yards and other small businesses instead of the large, official buildings located near the Capitol. See more »

Quotes

Sherlock Holmes: We've got it, Watson.
Dr. John H. Watson: Oh, have we?
Sherlock Holmes: Yes. Come along.
Dr. John H. Watson: Oh yes, well, it's clear as mud to me.
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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 »

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Referenced in The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes (1985) See more »

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"Democracy - the only hope for the future, eh, Holmes?"
9 June 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Third in the Universal series of Sherlock Holmes films is another strong one with a WWII plot. A British secret agent carrying important documents is kidnapped en route to Washington, D.C. The British government turns to Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) to find the agent and the documents. Together with Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce), Holmes journeys to America to investigate.

Rathbone and Bruce are terrific, as usual. This is the last entry in the series where Rathbone sports that silly hairstyle. George Zucco and Henry Daniell are great villains, which should surprise no one. They both played Holmes' nemesis Prof. Moriarty in other films. Holmes Herbert, Thurston Hall, Gavin Muir, and Edmund Macdonald are among the fine actors in the wonderful supporting cast. Marjorie Lord provides the pretty. Strong direction from Roy William Neill.

It's a very entertaining movie. No backhanded compliments here. No "best of the propaganda Holmes films" or "thankfully not as much flag-waving as the previous two films" or any of that stuff. Unlike some other reviewers I don't respond to patriotism (especially during WWII) like the Wicked Witch responds to water. After this entry, Holmes would return to murder mysteries although still taking place in the (then) present day rather than the Victorian era, much to the consternation of Holmes purists. I have my thoughts on that but I'll just quote John Archer, the actor who played Lt. Pete Merriam in this film: "Those Sherlock Holmes fans -- by God, they are rabid. They want everything to be just the way it was."


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Language:

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Release Date:

30 April 1943 (USA) See more »

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