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Sherlock Holmes And The Secret Weapon (1943)
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Sherlock Holmes And The Secret Weapon (1943) 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.

Also Known As:
Secret Weapon
Sherlock Holmes Fights Back

Title: Sherlock Holmes And The Secret Weapon
Release Date: January 04, 1943
Runtime: 80 mins
Genre: Adventure
All Genres: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Languages: English, French
Country: USA
Colors: Black and White
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 6.8
Buried.com Rating: 7.8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With S

MPAA Rating: Approved

Roy William Neill

Basil Rathbone ...Sherlock Holmes
Nigel Bruce ...Doctor John H. Watson
Lionel Atwill ...Professor James Moriarty
Kaaren Verne ...Charlotte Eberli
William Post Jr. ...Dr. Franz Tobel
Dennis Hoey ...Inspector Beth Lestrade
Holmes Herbert ...Sir Reginald Bailey
Mary Gordon ...Mrs. Martha Hudson
Rudolph Anders ...Braun
Whit Bissell ...London Bobby who aids Dr. Tobel after attack...
Veda Ann Borg ...Bar singer
Paul Bryar ...Swiss waiter
John Burton ...RAF officer
Vicki Campbell ...Woman RAF pilot
Gerard Cavin ...Scotland yard man
Harry Cording ...Jack Brady
James Craven ...RAF officer watching bombsight test
Harold De Becker ...Peg Leg
Leslie Denison ...Bobbie
George Eldredge ...Policeman outside Durer's
Paul Fix ...Mueller
Leyland Hodgson ...RAF officer
Guy Kingsford ...Foot patrolman
George Burr Macannan ...Gottfried
Michael Mark ...George
Henry Victor ...Professor Frederick Hoffner
Harry Woods ...Kurt

Howard Benedict

Edward T. Lowe Jr.
Scott Darling
Edmund L. Hartmann
Arthur Conan Doyle
Scott Darling
Edward T. Lowe Jr.

Frank Skinner

Movie Soundtrack(s):
"Rule Britannia"
"Sobre las Olas (Over the Waves)"

Movie Quote(s):
  • Professor Moriarty: Brilliant man, Sherlock Holmes, too bad he was honest.
  • Professor Moriarty: The needle to the last, eh, Holmes?
  • Sherlock Holmes: ...I must confess I shied at the thought of disemboweling a complete set of Charles Dickens.
  • Professor Moriarty: Drop by drop, Holmes. In a way I'm almost sorry for you; you were a stimulating influence for me. Sherlock Holmes: I shall be conscious long after you're dead, Moriarty.
  • Dr. John H. Watson: Things are looking up, Holmes. This little Island's still on the map. Sherlock Holmes: Yes. "This fortress - built by nature for herself; This blessed plot, this Earth, this realm, this England."
Movie Trivia:
  • The lines that Holmes quotes at the end of the film are a condensed version of William Shakespeare's lines from Richard II. [Richard II, 2.1, 40-51]
  • A modern source lists Philip Van Zandt as Kurt and includes Henry Daniell in the cast as well. However, the role of Kurt is played by Harry Woods and neither Van Zandt nor Daniell appear in the film at all. The unidentified actor mistaken for Daniell plays a Scotland Yard detective slowly driving the police vehicle following the trail of paint, toward the climax of the film. First seen in 3/4 profile leaning out the car window, he does seem to resemble Daniell. However, when he speaks the accompanying line "they fade out again sir" to Dennis Hoey (Insp. Lestrade), and subsequent lines, he clearly has a rather heavy *Brooklyn* accent, and seen in other shots during the scene does not in any way resemble Daniell, and the momentary appearance to the contrary is clearly an optical illusion.
  • The fourth of fourteen films based on Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional consulting detective Sherlock Holmes starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Doctor Watson.
  • The set used for Professor Moriarty's hide out was used as a pub/bar in Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942).
  • One of several titles in the Sherlock Holmes series whose original copyrights were apparently not renewed and have thereby fallen into public domain; as a result, seriously inferior copies are presently being offered by a number of VHS and DVD dealers who do not have access to original studio masters.
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