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The adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Ida Lupino, Alan Marshal, Terry Kilburn, George Zucco, Henry Stephenson, E.E. Clive.

Publication Information

[Orland Park, IL] : MPI Media Group, [2004]

Physical Description

1 videodisc (approximately 82 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.


Not rated.


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 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. Moriarty wastes no time in plotting his next crime, but in order to be successful he must divert the attention of the Great Detective. Intimidating, anonymous letters sent to young socialite Ann Brandon; the murder of Miss Brandons brother; and threats to the security of a priceless gem consume the attention of Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr. Watson. Are these mysterious occurrences simply 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 criminals plan to commit a crime that will shake the very foundation of the British Empire? It is for Holmes and Watson to sort out these mysteries and, hopefully, eliminate the menace of Professor Moriarty.


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Based on the play "Sherlock Holmes" by William Gillette, with the permission of the executors of the late Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1939.

Special features: Audio commentary with Richard Valley ; selected theatrical trailers ; production notes by Richard Valley ; photo gallery.

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