Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon

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This film pits the Great Detective against that "Napoleon of Crime," Professor Moriarty. Moriarty has aligned himself with the Nazis and has dedicated himself to stealing a top-secret bombsight. Racing against the clock, Holmes and Dr. Watson must prevent Moriarty from getting his mitts on the precious secret weapon.

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Basil Rathbone
as Sherlock Holmes
Nigel Bruce
as Dr. John H. Watson
Lionel Atwill
as Prof. Moriarty
Kaaren Verne
as Charlotte Eberli
Dennis Hoey
as Inspector Lestrade
William Post Jr.
as Dr. Franz Tobel
Paul Fix
as Mueller
Holmes Herbert
as Sir Reginald Bailey
Mary Gordon
as Mrs. Hudson
Henry Victor
as Frederick Hoffner
Harry Cording
as Jack Brady
Leyland Hodgson
as R.A.F. Air Officer
Paul Bryar
as Waiter
Gerard Cavin
as Scotland Yard Man
Guy Kingsford
as London Bobby
George Eldredge
as Policeman
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Critic Reviews for Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon

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Audience Reviews for Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon

  • Aug 06, 2019
    Sherlock goes undercover in disguise to help a scientist defect, along with that doctor's plan for a new secret weapon against the Nazis, but those dastardly villains are quick on the heels of our witty and quipping pair of detectives - and aided by Holmes old adversary of legend. Although the tale is a tad perfunctory, the chemistry of Holmes and Watson just manages to carry the day yet again.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 04, 2012
    Sherlock and Watson's second wartime adventure. This time the forced patriotism isn't as prevalent which gives way to an interesting story that uses the wartime backdrop to great effect. Holmes, once again played by the phenomenally good Rathbone, helps a scientist with a Secret Weapon to escape Switzerland without running foul of Nazis. Once back in England, the scientist develops his weapon for the British government but an old nemesis of Holmes' is back to wreak havoc. The film has the typical but always amusing banter between Holmes and Watson, with Lestrade also given a number of key scenes to play off the pair. The mystery itself is a bit up and down at times. We are told the answer before Holmes or Moriarty work it out which means they are playing catch-up with us. Also with the short running time there is no time for any character development. It is all exposition. Character was particularly important here, as one could argue against the scientist's choices in how he deals with the situation. A fun and fast paced entry.
    Luke B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 25, 2011
    I had the chance not too long ago to see this with a small crowd in a theatre, and I had a lot of fun in the process. I don't know if The Secret Weapon is one of Holmes' best outtings, but it's certainly enjoyable. The beginning is kind of slow and it takes a bit to get the plot underway (more so than usual), but it gets better and better as the film goes along. Again, Moriarty is up to no good, this time trying to steal a nuclear weapon. The pace is a little more lax than other films in the series, but there's enough story instead of constant expository dialogue to make up for it. The ending is also quite biting, and makes the whole film worth watching, in my opinion. I'm looking forward to seeing more of these films in the future.
    Tim S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2010
    Starts off slow but it's pretty great. I always love the Professor Moriarty mysteries because you know Holmes is going to have at least 2 great disguises and I wasn't disappointed.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer

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