Working for the British government, Sherlock Holmes manages to spirit Dr. Franz
Tobel out of Switzerland and into England before the GESTAPO are able to get to
him. Tobel has devised an immensely accurate bomb site and while he is willing
to make it available to the Allies, he insists on manufacturing it himself. Soon
however, he vanishes and it is left to Homes, assisted bu the bumbling Dr.
Watson, to decipher a coded message he left behind. Holmes soon realizes that he
is up against his old nemesis, Professor Moriarty.
Running Time: 80 Minutes
SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SECRET WEAPON (1943) In which Sherlock Holmes becomes
a car thief, hangs out at sailor bars, and expresses a familiarity with opium.
Basil Rathbone also indulges a vanity for pageantry and makeup, and engages in
numerous stratagems of dubious utility. All of which is to say that they played
fast and loose in updating Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Not to worry, Rathbone
unquestionably excels in exhibiting Holmes' pompous nature, but only to be
upstaged by Nigel Bruce' casual portrayal of a caustic Watson. Watson may even
appear to be the brighter one, as he knows that Holmes has things under control
anyway, and so expends his energy in the pursuit of a good time and personal
I expected naked and inspirational patriotic propaganda, what with the plot
involving Nazis and all, but was sadly disappointed. It's all about Rathbone and
Bruce, and Lionel Atwill appearing slightly thick to be the evil mastermind
Moriarty. All the easier to explain how Rathbone prevails despite an apparent
death-wish though, and Basil does try to do his part by plagiarizing (or is that
quoting?, no mind, it's effective) Shakespeare at the conclusion.
Once again Sherlock Holmes doing what he does best with his trusty sidekick
Watson. Holmes begins this story in disguise, helping to smuggle a famous
physicist "Dr. Franz Tobel" out of Switzeralnad and under the watchful eye of
the Nazis, who want his bomb sight plans. The Allies obviously want it too, and
Sherlock is there to help.
The quality of this film is quite impressive for
its age. A2ZCDS did a great job in remastering this film.
CAST & CREW:
Roy William Neil
Edward T. Loew Jr.
William Post Jr.
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