Sherlock Holmes And The Voice Of Terror

  • 1942
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Mystery

This was the first of the Universal Sherlock Holmes movies starring Rathbone and Bruce and the first to be updated from the late 19th century to contemporary (1940s) times, a move which offended many aficionados of the famed detective stories. In addition, Universal virtually ignored the Arthur Conan Doyle's stories in favor of their own increasingly outlandish...read more

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This was the first of the Universal Sherlock Holmes movies starring Rathbone and Bruce and the first to be updated from the late 19th century to contemporary (1940s) times, a move which offended many aficionados of the famed detective stories. In addition, Universal virtually ignored the

Arthur Conan Doyle's stories in favor of their own increasingly outlandish mysteries. This, the first of three Holmes films to be used as out-and-out WW II propaganda, has Holmes (Rathbone) single-handedly saving Britain from a German invasion during WW II. Invited by a suave diplomat (Denny) to a

meeting of the "Intelligence Inner Council," Holmes is asked to thwart a series of sabotage acts performed only moments after they are announced by "The Voice of Terror" which is broadcast from Nazi Germany. The estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle originally insisted that the filmed Holmes stories

must correspond, at least in part, with the original stories, so the producers had Holmes utter a closing quote lifted directly from the story. The film was generally regarded to be among the weakest in the series and was the only one of the 12 Universal Holmes films not directed by Roy William

Neill.

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