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Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon


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Digitally Restored in 35mm
The master detective Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) and his faithful cohort Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) are back, preserved and digitally restored in 35mm to original condition by the UCLA Film and Television Archive. This newly restored version of the classic film includes the period war bond tag, studio logo and credits from its original theatrical release. Filled with ominous shadows and interesting camera angles, the visual beauty of the film in 35mm is stunning.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s "The Adventure of the Dancing Men" inspired THE SECRET WEAPON. The wartime plot pits Sherlock Holmes once more against his nemesis, the villainously brilliant Professor Moriarty, who was believed dead but is now working for the Nazis. The Nazis have assigned Moriarty to kidnap Dr. Franz Tobel, the inventor of a new super bombsight. Sherlock Holmes outwits the enemy agents and escapes with Tobel and his precious invention. But despite elaborate precautions, the inventor later disappears before the process of manufacturing the bombsight is perfected.

Holmes and Watson must stop the Nazis from getting their hands on the new bombsight, wrapped in a code of dancing men. Using a variety of disguises - a Swiss inventor, the Lascar sailor Ram Singh, and an old German bookseller, Holmes puts his own life on the line in a race against the clock to prevent Moriarty from carrying out his evil plans. THE SECRET WEAPON is also the first of the films to introduce Dennis Hoey as Scotland Yard detective Inspector Lestrade. Preserved and restored in 35mm by the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

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  • Actors: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Lionel Atwill, Kaaren Verne, William Post Jr.
  • Directors: Roy William Neill
  • Writers: Arthur Conan Doyle, Edmund L. Hartmann, Edward T. Lowe Jr., Scott Darling
  • Producers: Howard Benedict
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Mpi Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 27, 2003
  • Run Time: 68 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 187 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0000APVBO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,188 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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