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Brilliant old school Sherlock Homes movie.
A scientist who holds the key to a new secret British weapon has been kidnapped, Holmes must ind him 1st and stop the weapon falling in to the hands of the Germans, great mystery
Sherlock Holmes returns for an espionage tale.
Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1943) is the basic archetype for a Holmes story. You have Prof. Moriarty masterminding a plot to obtain a deadly weapon that would change the tides of World War II. Holmes must uncover various clues to solve the mystery as to the location of the scientists that protect this secret. It's all standard fare, while still remaining entertaining.
Basil Rathbone is brilliant as usual portraying the world's greatest detective Sherlock Holmes. Nigel Bruce is the ever faithful sidekick to Holmes, Dr. Watson, while he is also more bumbling and useless than ever. The other supporting cast is serviceable, if dull. Rathbone is the only actor really delivering an interesting performance.
I think most people will be entertained enough with Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon if they are watching through all 14 of Rathbone's Holmes films. It does not really astonish in direction, writing, cinematography, or even music otherwise. I think it's worth an afternoon watch if you enjoy these mystery movies, but Rathbone made better.
Although it is one of the wartime ones, this has the main cast at the top of their game and the film maintains a spooky atmosphere throughout. Watson asleep on the job once again and other Holmes familiarities are played out at their best.
While no masterpiece, a very fun thriller with enough twists and turns to keep your attention and enough acting prowess to keep you entertained.
Not a great Sherlock (too many plot holes), but one that's entertaining, never dull and has a lot of intrigues going for it.
Really kinda silly propoganda, but a great entry in the Basil Rathbone Holmes series. Nigel Bruce is still a problem, but Lionel Atwill's Mortiarty is a genuine hammy treat.
Middling effort--Fun Diversion But That's All!!
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.
One of the worse Sherlock Holmes movies with Basil Rathbone as the leading man. While Holmes' indisputable style and wit are still intact, and Dr Watson is as clumsy and funny as always, the action is simply too slow, and the mystery doesn't seem engaging enough. While most of the other installment in the long series seem strong, the clash between the legendary and his arch nemesis seems too bleak to fully entertain.