The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes


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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a 1939 mystery-adventure film. It is a pastiche featuring the characters of the Sherlock Holmes series of books written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The film is an adaptation of the 1899 play Sherlock Holmes by William Gillette, though there is almost no resemblance in the plots. The film is the second installment to the Sherlock Holmes film series released between 1939 and 1946. It was the second film to feature Basil Rathbone as Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. John Watson, the final one they would make for 20th Century Fox, and the final one in the Rathbone/Bruce series to be set in the Victorian London period. The further 12 films made by Universal and starring Rathbone/Bruce would take place in contemporary times. George Zucco stars as Holmes's nemesis Professor Moriarty. The film follows famous detective Sherlock Holmes and his companion Doctor Watson as they attempt to foil their archenemy Professor Moriarty who targets a wealthy family and plots the theft of the Crown Jewels.

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Actors & Characters

Basil Rathbone Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes
Ida Lupino Ida Lupino Ann Brandon Ann Brandon
Nigel Bruce Nigel Bruce Doctor Watson Doctor Watson
George Zucco George Zucco Professor Moriarty Professor Moriarty
Alan Marshal Alan Marshal Jerrold Hunter Jerrold Hunter
Terry Kilburn Terry Kilburn Billy Billy
Mary Forbes Mary Forbes Lady Conyngham Lady Conyngham
Peter Willes Peter Willes Lloyd Brandon Lloyd Brandon
Mary Gordon Mary Gordon Mrs. Hudson Mrs. Hudson
Edward E. Clive Edward E. Clive Inspector Bristol Inspector Bristol


Leon Shamroy Cinematography
Alfred L. Werker Director
Robert Russell Bennett Music
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer
William A. Drake Writer
Edwin Blum Writer