The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes

  • 1939
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Mystery

A taut script and sharp, witty dialogue make this, the second of the Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce Sherlock Holmes vehicles, one of the finest crime adventures ever made. Arch-villain Professor Moriarty (Zucco, in the first of many appearances as Holmes's chief nemesis) plots a grand theft by sidetracking Holmes (Rathbone) with two foul murders, one involving...read more

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A taut script and sharp, witty dialogue make this, the second of the Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce Sherlock Holmes vehicles, one of the finest crime adventures ever made. Arch-villain Professor Moriarty (Zucco, in the first of many appearances as Holmes's chief nemesis) plots a grand theft by

sidetracking Holmes (Rathbone) with two foul murders, one involving Ann Brandon (Lupino). As Holmes investigates the murders, Moriarty begins work on his real goal, stealing the crown jewels from the Tower of London.

ADVENTURES was released a mere six months after THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES and is generally considered superior to its predecessor, thanks to Alfred Werker's direction. Although both films were box office hits, Fox executives thought of the Holmes films as expensive "B" pictures and declined to continue the series at the outbreak of WWII, assuming the public would be uninterested in the 19th century British sleuth. In 1942 Universal reunited Rathbone and Bruce, updated the scenarios to reflect contemporary themes (i.e., Nazi spies), scaled down the production costs and turned out 12 successful, if inferior, installments.

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