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Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon

Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon

Basil Rathbone
Director: Roy William Neill Cast: Basil Rathbone
Basil Rathbone
, Nigel Bruce
Nigel Bruce
, Kaaren Verne
Kaaren Verne
Roy William Neill


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The second of Universal's "modernized" Sherlock Holmes films pits the Great Detective (Basil Rathbone, of course) against that "Napoleon of Crime," Professor Moriarty (Lionel Atwill). Surpassing his previous skullduggery, Moriarty has now aligned himself with the Nazis and has dedicated himself to stealing a top-secret bombsight developed by expatriate European scientist Dr. Franz Tobel (William Post Jr.) Before being kidnapped by Moriarty's minions, Tobel was enterprising enough to disassemble his invention and distribute its components among several other patriotic scientists. Racing against the clock, Holmes and Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) try to stem the murders of Tobel's colleagues and prevent Moriarty from getting his mitts on the precious secret weapon. The now-famous climax finds Holmes playing for time by allowing Moriarty to drain all the blood from his body, drop by drop ("The needle to the last, eh Holmes?" gloats the villain). Dennis Hoey makes his first appearance as the dull-witted, conclusion-jumping Inspector Lestrade. Constructed more like a serial than a feature film, Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (based loosely on Conan Doyle's The Dancing Men) is one of the fastest-moving entries in the series; it is also one of the most readily accessible, having lapsed into public domain in 1969.

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Product Details

Release Date: 01/12/2018
UPC: 0889290005274
Original Release: 1942
Source: Film Detective
Region Code: 0
Time: 1:08:00
Sales rank: 10,014

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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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