In the last of the series...
Set in Dartmoor and London's antique auction
rooms, giving viewers a glimpse of London in the 1940's, Holmes is pitted
against a female adversary, played by Patricia Morison. A criminal, John
Davidson, has stolen and hidden the plates for £5 notes from the Bank of
England. Their hiding place is contained in a cipher located in three identical
music boxes made at Dartmoor Prison and auctioned in London.
In the mean while, Stinky, or Gilbert Emery, visits Watson to tell him of a
strange theft. Stinky collects music boxes and someone has stolen a cheap one,
leaving the expensive boxes behind. When the innocent purchasers of the boxes
are murdered, including Watson's old friend, Holmes and Watson investigate.
Holmes is captured by the thieves and left in a vacant garage, hanging from a
beam, his hands bound, while a poisonous ga sfills the room. He emerges
triumphant for his (Rathbone's) last bow on the screen.
Running Time: 72 Minutes
Ratings: NR (Suitable for Children)
Basil Rathbone stars in his fourteenth and final movie as Arthur
Conan Doyle's super detective. An interesting plot, andmystery for Holmes and
his faithful assistant Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce), to solve.
produced by Roy William Neill, who was are cognized stylist among movie
directors, Neill's work is characterized by meticulously lit scenes and
carefully layered shadows, with restrained mobile camera movements. Neill was
the final arbiter in all things Holmes-ian on the set of the Universal series.
He produced all the movies in the Holmes series except Sherlock Holmes and The
Rathbone in particular had become Sherlock Holmes,with
his piercing eyes, knife-sharpened features and finely playedtrademark habits
(the violin, the relentless drive and enthusiasm, thenever-ending desire for
knowledge). During his film career, Rathbone was twice nominated for an Academy
Award in the category of Best Supporting Actor and even won a Tony award.
Rathbone would be forever linked to the great Sherlock.
And even though Watson is absent-minded, and frequently silly, he is
charming. The chemistry between Rathbone and Bruce is superb.
When I was about 10 I got really into the Sherlock Holmes/Dr. Watsonstories.
I can remember talking about them with my grandmother who used to tell me that
she loved the Basil Rathbone Holmes movies. This was back before VCRs and
DVD players so at the time there was no way for me to be able to see the movies
themselves, so I had to take her word for it.
Still, those conversations
stuck in the back of my mind, so when I saw this movie for sale I decided to
order it, if for no other reason out of respect for my grandmother.
glad I did. This is one of the better Sherlock Holmes stories, involving the
elusive Professor Moriorty, a baffled Dr. Watson and Holmes acting as mysterious
as ever - yet figuring it all out in the end.
Rathbone does a great job
in the role and I can see why my grandmother was impressed.
CAST & CREW:
Roy Williams Neill
Arthur Conan Doyle
Frederick Worlock - Colonel Cavanaugh
Carl Harbord - Inspector
Hopkins, Scotland Yard
Patricia Cameron - Evelyn Clifford
Ebeneezer Crabtree, Auctioneer at Gaylord Art Gallery
Harry Cording - Hamid,
Leyland Hodgson - The Tour Guide
Mary Gordon - Mrs.
Ian Wolfe - Commissioner of Scotland Yard
Frank Baker -
Guy Bellis - Doctor (uncredited)
- Minister on Museum Tour (uncredited)
Marjorie Bennett - Antique Shop
Ted Billings - Pub Extra (uncredited)
Bronson - Minister's Wife (uncredited)
Tom Dillon - Scotland Yard Det.Sgt.
Topsy Glyn - The Kilgour Child (uncredited)
Charlie Hall - Cab Driver (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten - Alfred, auction
house bookkeeper (uncredited)
Delos Jewkes - Singing Busker (uncredited)
Tiny Jones - Pub Extra (uncredited)
Guy Kingsford - Convict/Undercover
Man from Scotland Yard (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien - Police Detective
Wally Scott - Joe Cisto, Pub Pianist (uncredited)
Sharp-Bolster - Teacher on Museum Tour (uncredited)
Sally Shepherd -
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