Basil Rathbone in the Hounds of the Baskervilles

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     This film was the first Sherlock Holmes film starring Basil Rathbone as Holmes.  Sidney Lanfield directed The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939) for Twentieth-Century Fox.  Nigel Bruce co-stars as Dr. John Watson.  Rathbone and Bruce would play Holmes and Watson in thirteen subsequent films, one more for Twentieth-Century Fox and twelve for Universal Pictures.     This film is a pretty accurate retelling

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Sherlock Holmes in The Spider Woman (1944)

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     The Spider Woman (1944) is the tenth Sherlock Holmes film starring Basil Rathbone as Holmes is unusual for it’s villain.  Gale Sondergaard plays the beautiful but deadly Spider Woman, Andrea Spedding.  A number of prominent men have committed suicide in what the London newspapers were calling “The Pyjama Murders”.  However, Sherlock Holmes believes the mysterious Spider Woman is

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Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943)

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      Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943) is the third of twelve Universal Picture productions of the Sherlock Holmes franchise.  Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce starred as Holmes and Watson respectively in two films for Twentieth-Century Fox and twelve more for Universal Pictures.      This film is again set in the 1940s.  Holmes and Watson have traveled to Washington, D.C. to keep secret

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Will Giles Conover Steal The Pearl of Death?

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      Sherlock Holmes in The Pearl of Death (1944) is the ninth of fourteen movies in the series starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes.  In this film, Holmes is battling with archcriminal Giles Conover, played by Miles Mander, who is attempting to steal a valuable pearl from the British Museum.  He is aided in his crimes by accomplices Naomi Drake and The Creeper.

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