Sherlock Holmes in Washington

Sherlock Holmes in Washington

Roy William Neill (1943)

U Certificate


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Shock! Horror! Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) smokes a cigarette - what happened to his treatise on tobacco? - while Dr Watson (Nigel Bruce) puffs petulantly on his pipe in the first of the series not connected, however tenuously, to a story by Arthur Conan Doyle. A weakish update of the character, Holmes is after a microfilm passed to the wrong stranger on a train and a prime target for nasty Nazis. Holmes does get to quote Winston Churchill, however, and waxes paternal about democracy. In Rathbone's voice, it sounds much more convincing than the plot.


The daring detective dons his deerstalker and heads for America with Dr Watson in tow. They are out to stop dastardly Nazi spies stealing a vital microfilm document which has fallen into the hands of a beautiful socialite. However, they find she has already been kidnapped by the conniving villains. Mystery, starring Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Henry Daniell, Marjorie Lord and George Zucco.

Cast & Crew

Sherlock Holmes Basil Rathbone
Dr Watson Nigel Bruce
Nancy Partridge Marjorie Lord
William Easter Henry Daniell
Stanley George Zucco
Lt Peter Merriam John Archer
Bart Lang Gavin Muir
Detective Lt Grogan Edmund MacDonald
Howe Don Terry
Cady Bradley Page
Senator Henry Babcock Thurston Hall
Director Roy William Neill
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: General Film Dist LtdAvailable on: video and DVD