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The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes
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.
One of the most engaging features from 20th Century Fox's Holmes series, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is also of historical interest as it based on a hugely popular, early 20th century stage play written by and starring William Gillette. Basil Rathbone cuts a fine figure as the lean, hawkish Great Detective, drawn into a complicated conspiracy by fiendish Dr. Moriarty (George Zucco) to distract Holmes while quietly preparing to steal the Crown Jewels. Nigel Bruce is on board as a buffoonish Dr. Watson, and British-born Ida Lupino is very good, and quite gorgeous, as a young woman who may be the target of a family curse. True-blue Sherlockians know that very little of Gillette's tale, and next to nothing about Zucco's or Bruce's performances, have anything to do with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's sacred canon. Still, this is a handsome production to enjoy on its own terms. --Tom Keogh
This was my first film and it was wonderful. I urge everyone to get these old films on Sherlock Holmes, they are wonderful. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Anita Baalman
To me, Basil is the ONLY Sherlock. He plays the role fantastically and so does his side kick. You can actually believe it IS Sherlock! Good mysteries, too. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tag68
The disc was in great condition and I really enjoyed the movie.Published 4 months ago by Terri Lee Phillips
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 5 months 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
From John Barrymore to Jeremy Brett, to Benedict Cumberbatch and / or Jonny Lee Miller, to the upcoming Ian McKellen 2015 film, there seems to be an interpretation of this... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bowman