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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.
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 4 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 9 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 10 months ago by Elliott
Going to tell you the same thing for every Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce "Sherlock Holmes" movie I purchased! They're all GREAT! Read morePublished 13 months ago by R. Mauler
Interesting to see Ida Lupino in one of her earlier roles. Entertaining story. Rathbone is one of the best portrayers of Holmes.Published 15 months ago by Charlene
We are fans of the older Sherlock Homes movies and have just about every one, it's just elementary Watson! Read morePublished 16 months ago by USKiwi
This episode of the Classic series is well wirth the modest price. The Black and White tone of the production is marvelous. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Edward Gronet
I love the old black nd white Sherlock Holmes, best for me when I'm at home and cen't get out because of the rainPublished 22 months ago by Leslie Ford