Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon

Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon

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Director: Roy William Neill

Cast: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Kaaren Verne

     
 

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Roy William Neill's Sherlock Holmes and The Secret Weapon (1942) comes to Alpha Video's low-priced edition as one of the most cleanly mastered public domain DVD releases this reviewer has yet encountered, from a surprisingly crisp and sharp source print. The whole release is a match in quality for the authorized laserdisc editions of the Holmes films (of whichSee more details below

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Roy William Neill's Sherlock Holmes and The Secret Weapon (1942) comes to Alpha Video's low-priced edition as one of the most cleanly mastered public domain DVD releases this reviewer has yet encountered, from a surprisingly crisp and sharp source print. The whole release is a match in quality for the authorized laserdisc editions of the Holmes films (of which there never was one on this title). The quality is about equal to a good film-to-video transfer of the late 1980's or very early 1990's, with no smearing of details and generally beautifully balanced contrast and density. The only drawback is that the materials have been slightly edited, to remove the Universal Studios logos at the start or finish of the production, which makes for a too quick and slightly awkward edition of the image and sound at the close of Basil Rathbone's speech at the end of the movie, directly into the cast list without showing the Universal logo or name. There is no way that Alpha Video's standard six chapters could adequately delineate a plot with as many twists and turns as this movie's, but that is all that one does get. The disc opens automatically to a simple two-choice menu.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon is an enjoyable entry in the Holmes series, although it suffers more than most of the Universal pictures from being moved to modern times. Some of the other modern Holmes movies merely seem to have placed Holmes and Watson into then-contemporary clothing and given them a few 20th century props, but Secret Weapon is drenched in the 1940s, with Nazis, secret weapons, and bombed out buildings seemingly at every turn. All this is distracting, but it doesn't do fatal damage to the film, which is quite a lot of fun. True, it plays up the action and adventure aspect at the expense of good old-fashioned sleuthing and deducing, but this proves quite diverting. The screenplay is a bit slapdash, and viewers may be unconvinced that Moriarty would fall for Holmes' ploy for disposing of him, but it's such a nifty method that most viewers will overlook this. Indeed, Secret Weapon has some sort of secret charm of its own that makes it easy to overlook its flaws and just sit back and enjoy this rousing little adventure.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/27/2002
UPC:
0089218601995
Original Release:
1942
Rating:
NR
Source:
Alpha Video
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:08:00
Sales rank:
93,848

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[None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes
Nigel Bruce Dr. John H. Watson
Kaaren Verne Charlotte Eberli
Lionel Atwill Prof. Moriarty
William Post Dr. Franz Tobel
Dennis Hoey Inspector Lestrade
Holmes Herbert Sir Reginald Dailey
Mary Gordon Mrs. Hudson
Rudolph Anders Braun
Paul Bryar Waiter
John Burton Actor
Harry Cording Jack Brady
James Craven Bit
Harold de Becker Peg Leg
Leslie Denison Actor
George Eldredge Policeman
Paul Fix Mueller
Hugh Herbert Actor
Leyland Hodgson R.A.F. Air Officer
Guy Kingsford London Bobby
George Burr McAnnan Gottfried
Philip Van Zandt Kurt
Henry Victor Frederick Hoffner
Harry Woods Kurt

Technical Credits
Roy William Neill Director
Howard Benedict Associate Producer
Bernard B. Brown Sound/Sound Designer
Scott W. Darling Screenwriter
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Edmund L. Hartmann Screenwriter
Edward T. Lowe Screenwriter
Otto Ludwig Editor
Paul Neal Sound/Sound Designer
Martin Obzina Art Director
Jack Otterson Art Director
Charles Previn Musical Direction/Supervision
Edward Ray Robinson Set Decoration/Design
Hans J. Salter Score Composer
Frank Skinner Score Composer
Vera West Costumes/Costume Designer
Lester White Cinematographer
Arthur Conan Doyle Source Author

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
2. Chapter 1 [12:38]
3. Chapter 2 [13:50]
4. Chapter 3 [14:13]
5. Chapter 4 [12:06]

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