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Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon

  • Drama
  • 1942
  • Roy William Neill
  • 68 mins
  • PG

Summary

The 19th-century sleuth and his indefatigable sidekick Watson are transported to Second World War London, where they set out to foil a Nazi attempt to steal part of an experimental weapon. Mystery thriller, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The Nazis stood no chance once they knew they were up against the Allies' own secret weapon - Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. This modernised, morale-boosting story draws only a fraction of the plot from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's source story The Dancing Men, as Holmes and Watson search for a unique bombsight that could determine the outcome of the Second World War. Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce give their customary performances as Baker Street's finest, while Lionel Atwill is believably malevolent as baleful baddie Moriarty. The film was the first in the series to be directed by Roy William Neill, who must have been doing something right - he went on to make ten more before his death in 1946.

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Credits

Cast

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Sherlock HolmesBasil Rathbone
Dr WatsonNigel Bruce
Charlotte EberliKaaren Verne
Professor MoriartyLionel Atwill
Dr Franz TobelWilliam Post Jr
Inspector LestradeDennis Hoey
GottfriedGeorge Burr MacAnnan
MuellerPaul Fix
Sir Reginald BaileyHolmes Herbert
Mrs HudsonMary Gordon

Crew

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DirectorRoy William Neill

Details

Language
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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