Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon

Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon

Roy William Neill (1942)

PG Certificate


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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.


The sleuth and his indefatigable sidekick Watson are employed by the British government to smuggle the mastermind behind an experimental weapon out of Switzerland before he falls into the hands of the Nazis. When the scientist disappears, Holmes faces a showdown with an old enemy. Mystery thriller, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce.

Cast & Crew

Sherlock Holmes Basil Rathbone
Dr Watson Nigel Bruce
Moriarty Lionel Atwill
Lestrade Dennis Hoey
Mrs Hudson Mary Gordon
Sir Reginald Holmes Herbert
Dr Franz Tobel William Post Jr
Charlotte Eberli Kaaren Verne
Director Roy William Neill
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Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video and DVD