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Set in the Victorian Age and regarded by many as the finest of the fourteen films in the Sherlock Holmes/Basil Rathbone series, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was originally released in 1939 by Twentieth Century-Fox.
Professor Moriarty (George Zucco) has at long last been brought to trial for murder, but the Napoleon of Crime is acquitted after the court finds a lack of sufficient evidence. Moriarty wastes no time in plotting his next crime, but in order to be successful he must divert the attention of the Great Detective.
Intimidating, anonymous letters sent to young socialite Ann Brandon (Ida Lupino) ; the murder of Miss Brandons brother; and threats to the security of a priceless gem consume the attention of Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) and his companion Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce).
Are these mysterious occurrences simply erroneous distractions? Are they clues to a case irrelevant to the exploits of the evil Professor Moriarty? Or, are these portents of disaster inexorably linked to the master criminals plan to commit a crime that will shake the very foundation of the British Empire? It is for Holmes and Watson to sort out these mysteries and, hopefully, eliminate the menace of Professor Moriarty.
Ida Lipino is a versatile actress and she appears as a mysterious character in need of help. Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce Sherlock and Watson continue their excellent performances. Read morePublished 3 days ago by SgtSu
Except for the Hounds of the Baskervilles (which is probably the best known of all
the Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes) I consider this one of the... Read more
When it comes to TV & cinematic interpretations of Sherlock Holmes I lean more to the Granada / Jeremy Brett adaptations, having said that, I still really enjoy this 1939 film. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bowman
Ida Lupino was a looker. This is a great film that has Holmes (Rathbone) chasing the wrong lead but not really. Get it for your collection.Published 2 months ago by armenious
What makes this movie so great, is that Moriarty in the beginning of the movie. Tells Holmes what he's going to do, and dares Holmes to stop him. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ben Milton
It's a great story but they switched costumes from being 1930's style to going back to the 1800's. I found that rather unnecessary and not really believable but the acting kind of... Read morePublished 12 months ago by A. C. Wagner
One of the best period Sherlock Holmes. Only Jeremy Brett makes a better Sherlock. This movie is far superior to any modern re-make or version.Published 13 months ago by Elliott