The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Country of Origin: United States
Production year: 1939
Director: Alfred Werker
Rating: Rating
UPC [Locale]: 030306-758190
Running time: 1:22 (82 Min.)
Casetype: Keep Case
Format: NTSC, 1.33:1, Full Frame
DVD-Format: Single-Sided, Single-Layered
Released: April 27, 2004
Collection type: Owned (#2234)
Status: Available
Purchase date: May 03, 2004
Purchase price: Hidden
Review (movie): 9 / 10
Review (video): 0 / 10
Overview
Set in the Victorian Age and regarded by many as the finest of the fourteen films in the Sherlock Holmes/Basil Rathbone series, "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" was originally released in 1939 by Twentieth Century-Fox.

Professor Moriarty (George Zucco) has at long last been brought to trial for murder. But the "Napoleon of Crime" is acquitted after the court finds a lack of sufficient evidence. Moments after the judge releases the defendant, Sherlock Holmes dashes into the courtroom with proof that will destroy Moriarty's alibi and send the professor to the gallows. Alas, he is too late and the criminal mastermind is set free.

Moriarty wastes no time in plotting his next crime, but in order to be successful he must divert the attention of the Great Detective. Enter Miss Ann Brandon (Ida Lupino), who calls on Holmes and his companion Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) after she and her brother receive anonymous letters containing a drawing of a man with an albatross hung around his neck, and a date written above the picture. Their father received the same baffling letter years before and was found murdered on the date inscribed in his letter.

Are these mysterious letters but erroneous distractions? Are they clues to a case irrelevant to the exploits of the evil Professor Moriarty? Or are these portents of disaster inexorably linked to the master criminal's plan to commit a crime that will shake the very foundation of the British Empire? It is for Holmes and Watson to sort out the mystery and, hopefully, eliminate the menace of Professor Moriarty.
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Genres
Suspense/Thriller
Studios
Production Studios:
 • Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Media Companies:
 • MPI Home Video
Audio format
English  Dolby Digital 2-Channel Stereo
Commentary  Dolby Digital 2-Channel Stereo
Subtitles
 
Discs
# Description A B DS DL A DL B
1Main Feature
Features
 • Scene Access
 • Feature Trailers
 • Commentary
 • Gallery
 • Production Notes/Bios
Crew
Direction
Alfred Werker....Director
Writing
Edwin Blum....Screenwriter
William Drake....Screenwriter
William Gillette....Original Material By
Production
Darryl F. Zanuck....Producer
Cinematography
Leon Shamroy....Director of Photography
Film Editing
Robert Bischoff....Film Editor
Sound
W. D. Flick....Sound
Roger Heman....Sound
Art
Richard Day....Art Director
Hans Peters....Art Director
Gwen Wakeling....Costume Designer
Cast
Basil Rathbone....Sherlock Holmes
Nigel Bruce....Dr. Watson
Ida Lupino....Ann Brandon
Alan Marshal....Jerrold Hunter
Terry Kilburn....Billy
George Zucco....Professor Moriarty
Henry Stephenson....Sir Ronald Ramsgate
E. E. Clive....Inspector Bristol
Arthur Hohl....Bassick
May Beatty....Mrs. Jameson
Peter Willes....Lloyd Brandon
Mary Gordon....Mrs. Hudson
Holmes Herbert....Justice
George Regas....Mateo
Mary Forbes....Lady Conyngham
Frank Dawson....Dawes
William Austin....Stranger
Anthony Kemble Cooper....Tony