The follow-up to the the very successful The Hound of the Baskervilles,is even better than its predecessor.Basil Rathbone gives a marvelous performance as the super-sleuth.His performance in disguise as a singer at a party is fantastic.He was totally unrecognizable.Nigel Bruce was as always good as Holmes 's sidekick Dr.Watson.But what elevates this entry in the Holmes-series was the portrayal of George Zucco's Dr.Moriarty,Holmes's nemesis. Moriarty's plot to break his enemy was rather clever.I enjoyed seeing Rathbone really getting in to the persona of Holmes in this one.The movie's short running-time was perhaps my only disappointment.
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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a movie starring Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, and Ida Lupino. The master sleuth hunts his archenemy, Professor Moriarty, who is planning the crime of the century.
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Professor Moriarity has a scheme for stealing the crown jewels from the Tower of London. To get Holmes involved, he persuades a gaucho flute player to murder a girl.
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Although The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes is not directly taken from any Arthur Conan Doyle story per se, it did have the best second hand source. With some changes it is the play that actor William Gillette toured in and was the first actor to be popularly identified with the role of Sherlock Holmes.
Holmes is more of an action adventure hero than he normally is in books or on film. The very cerebral Basil Rathbone does get in a real knock down drag out fight with George Zucco as his arch rival Professor Moriarty on top of the Tower of London. How they both arrived there at the climax is the story of The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes.
Moriarty has foiled Holmes at the beginning of the film as he gets acquitted through reasonable doubt as Holmes arrives at Old Bailey too late with the crucial evidence. But Moriarty has a caper cooking that will make him the greatest in the annals of crime and will also embarrass his nemesis Holmes when it's pulled off. It's an especially murderous scheme that costs the lives of several people including a Moriarty henchman.
The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes was the second of two films that Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson did for 20th Century Fox. For reasons I don't understand Darryl Zanuck opted not to make any more films and Universal picked up the series. This one and The Hound Of The Baskervilles have far more production values than any of the Universal films later done. Nigel Bruce is also not made an imbecile as Watson and does a bit more than comic relief.
There's a real treat for film fans with this movie as Basil Rathbone disguised as a music hall entertainer does a nice turn at a song and dance while guarding Ida Lupino. Ida's under threat for reasons she cannot figure out, but she goes to Holmes for help and chivalry is not dead in the United Kingdom.
George Zucco is a fine Moriarty, a cunning genius whose powers of observation and deduction are every bit as sharp as Holmes. That is brought out in this film like in no others with Moriarty I've seen.
The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes is Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce at their heights as Holmes and Watson. I think both Arthur Conan Doyle and William Gillette would be proud.
One of the earliest Holmes movies with Basil Rathbone in the lead is one of the better entries in the series. Of course Rathbone and Bruce make a wonderful team but what helps separate this from the others is the casting of a very young Ida Lupino in the menaced maiden role, usually the endangered lady was a pretty but utilitarian actress of minor note. Ida was on her way up at this point and within the year would break through to the majors in "They Drive By Night" and her star quality shines through here making her plight and the mystery more involving. The film itself has good production values and moves at a brisk pace.