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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Details


Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce make their second screen appearances as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Ostensibly based on the stage play by William Gillette, the film owes nothing to the play beyond the characters of Holmes, Watson, Billy the page boy and Professor Moriarty. Played with relish (and a bit of pickle) by George Zucco, Moriarty plots to steal the Crown Jewels, and also to confound Holmes by obliging the Great Detective to be in two places at once. Ida Lupino costars as an imperiled young woman who is seemingly plagued by an ancient family curse--a plot development that has been carefully stage-managed by the malevolent Moriarty. Basil Rathbone is excellent not only as Holmes but also in the guise of a cockney music-hall entertainer (if indeed that is Rathbone performing a buck-and-wing in longshot). The second of Twentieth Century-Fox's Holmes films (Rathbone was the first), The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was the last in which Rathbone and Bruce were seen in a 19th century setting. In the subsquent Sherlock Holmes series at Universal, the exploits of Holmes and Watson were updated to the World War II years. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:September 1, 1939


Basil Rathbone
as Sherlock Holmes
Nigel Bruce
as Dr. Watson
Ida Lupino
as Ann Brandon
E.E. Clive
as Inspector Bristol
Terry Kilburn
as Billy
George Zucco
as Prof. Moriarty
Henry Stephenson
as Sir Ronald Ramsgate
Arthur Hohl
as Bassick
May Beatty
as Mrs. Jameson
Mary Gordon
as Mrs. Hudson
Holmes Herbert
as Justice
George Regas
as Mateo
Mary Forbes
as Lady Conyngham
William Austin
as Stranger


Alfred L. Werker
Darryl F. Zanuck
Edwin Blum
William Gillette
Play Author
Leon Shamroy
Cyril Mockridge
Composer (Music Score)
Cyril Mockridge
Musical Direction/Supervision
David Raksin
Composer (Music Score)
Robert Bischoff
Hans Peters
Art Director
Richard Day
Art Director
Gene Markey
Associate Producer
Gwen Wakeling
Costume Designer
Roger Heman
Sound/Sound Designer