Friday, October 10, 2008

Holmes on Film

I just saw Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes for the first time. It wasn't a Conan Doyle Holmes story, but an original wartime fool-the-Nazis thriller - Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon. It was sort of neat, but very corny. Nigel Bruce must be responsible for people's thinking Watson was a buffoon.

I still prefer Jeremy Brett, but Rathbone's Holmes was the one good part about the movie.

Should I bother watching more Rathbone Holmes?


At 11:23 PM, October 16, 2008 , Blogger Colm said...

Jeremy Brett, RIP. Even twenty odd years later his Holmes is the finest I've seen.

At 2:54 AM, November 06, 2008 , Anonymous Fisher Ames said...

I can’t imagine any performance of Holmes that would equal Jeremy Brett’s. An added benefit of the Brett series is that it was made before Political Correctness took over.

The only Rathbone version that wasn’t updated into a contemporary story was the Hound of the Baskervilles. That may have been the first of the Rathbone as Holmes movies. I think it was made in 1939, and the following Rathbone movies were often incorporated and updated into a war setting.


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