The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Alfred Werker (1939)

PG Certificate


Our Score
The second teaming of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as Holmes and Watson (and their last for Fox before the series moved to Universal) is one of the master detective's best screen cases. Borrowing from the stories of Arthur Conan Doyle and the stage play by William Gillette, the film superbly re-creates the atmosphere of 221B Baker Street and Victorian London, and Holmes never had a more devilish adversary than George Zucco as Moriarty. The highlight has to be the disguised Rathbone singing Oh, I Do Like to Be beside the Seaside.


The master sleuth and trusty companion Dr Watson set out to foil arch-villain Moriarty's dastardly plan to steal the crown jewels - and ruin the reputation of the world's greatest detective while he is about it. Detective adventure, starring Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, George Zucco and Ida Lupino.

Cast & Crew

Sherlock Holmes Basil Rathbone
Dr Watson Nigel Bruce
Ann Brandon Ida Lupino
Jerrold Hunter Alan Marshal
Billy Terry Kilburn
Professor Moriarty George Zucco
Sir Ronald Ramsgate Henry Stephenson
Inspector Bristol E E Clive
Bassick Arthur Hohl
Mrs Jameson May Beatty
Lady Conyngham Mary Forbes
Director Alfred Werker
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video and DVD