Sherlock Holmes in Washington - Sherlock Holmes in Movie Poster
Now at the bequest of the British government, both Doctor Watson (Nigel Bruce) and myself have been asked to travel to Washington D.C., because they believe their enemies have kidnapped one of their agents, Alfred Pettibone (Gerald Hamer), who has in his possession a secret document of the utmost importance.
However, prior to Alfred's final fate being revealed to us a day or so later, I am able to figure out two very important facts that are rather pertinent to this case. Firstly, whilst examining Alfred's living quarters, I discover that he managed to transfer the secret document in question into a micro-film format. And secondly, whilst in
inspecting the train-carnage he was ultimately taken from, I then deduce that
he must have sleekly handed this micro-film to a lady passenger before his
Yes. That is correct, my friend. I am a very-very cleaver chap. But let's face it, I am the one and only Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone), don't you know. And that's most probably why what next transpires fumbles into play when I read in the newspaper that a lady passenger -- called Nancy Partridge (Marjorie Lord) -- is about to get married. As a match-box gets spiked - a married lady gets swiped - antique furniture points us in the right direction - and later on, at a Senators office, a dubious ploy unfathomably saves us all from frowning at some mutual affection.
Now the way I see it, there are only two things I can gripe about after sitting down and watching 'Sherlock Holmes in
Initially, I thought the overall mystery was kind of easy to figure out, mainly
because most of it was spelt out to us within the first fifteen-minutes of this
film. And secondly, in places the structure of this piece was rather mumbled in
tone, because it didn't always centre on my pal Sherlock
Holmes and his trusted aide, Doctor Watson.
The actors were all on top form -- especially Rathbone and Bruce -- whom literally inhabit their respective roles by this time in respective careers. The production values were fairly neat to watch too -- despite some obvious back-projection during certain driving sequences. Plus on top of that, the supporting cast supported the story, the story told a fairly decent tale, and the tale in itself will be something I'll be watching again soon because it was just that good.
Yeah. I'm not stoking your chimney, dear reader. In my eyes this film had everything in it that I love about this type of film. It was easy to follow. All the characters showed character. Cosmetically it was very plush and timely in appearance. And to me, personally, this flick had a very charming way about it that you don't often see nowadays.
I mean, just take that 'follow the match-box' scenario it presented us with! Never in my whole life was I as captivated with a situation as gripping at this one. Especially how this object kept on falling from one hand to another to another, without anyone except Holmes truly knowing what it really was. Furthermore, the penultimate confutation at the antiques shop was a scream I tell you. A right scream. Prompting me to shout at the screen, 'He's behind you', in that very British pantomime way.
Overall I'd say that 'Sherlock Holmes in
was a great film to watch. The story was easy to follow. The style was very
timely and quaint. And if you're a big Sherlock Holmes fan like me, and you
haven't watched this movie yet, what are you waiting for? Grab a copy today.
Trust me. It's a right sight for sore eyes.
THE RATING: A-