The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - The Poster of Sherlock Holmes
I say, Watson (Nigel Bruce). Do you remember the other day when we were both loitering about my
apartment, trying to guess when my old foe Professor Moriarty (George Zucco) was
going to strike next? Well, as I'm sure you rightfully remember, I was asked on
two consecutive occasions -- by two very different people -- to look into two very
different types of crime.
Now the first crime was presented to me by Sir Ronald Ramsgate (Henry Stephenson), who asked for my assistance in safeguarding 'The Star of Delhi' when he and his men eventually transport this precious jewel to the
Whereas the second crime came from another source altogether! Her name was Ann
Brandon (Ida Lupino), and she wanted me to help her prevent her brother from
being murdered. Tower of London
Yes. That's correct, old chum. I did say murder. According to Ms Brandon, she was sent a letter in the post illustrating that her sibling would suddenly perish by unfortunate means. Furthermore, once we can both find some time to look into this matter more closely, I suspect the devilish swine behind this heinous prediction is none other than man who I've been waiting for, for all this time.
But then again, that's most probably why what next transpires all gets rather emotional, when Ann run's up to me and says, 'Come quickly, Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone)! My brother's been killed in the city streets'. As Jerrold Hunter (Alan Marshal) is put in a bad light - a consulting detective knows what's wrong from what's right - a jewel is the key to this murder-mystery - and at the end of the day, you can never trust a Professor called Moriarty.
In my most humble opinion 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' is a great-great movie to sit down and watch. Not only does it have a very enveloping story-line that's both simple yet engrossing to follow. But in addition to this, it's got that timely spender and charm I've really admired ever since I first started watching this film franchise.
Sherlock and Watson. As per usual, Bruce's bubbling act made me laugh out loud on quite a few occasions. Plus I really loved that scene where he laid down on the street and spoke to some passer-by, whilst he was helping Sherlock analyse the scene of a crime.
As for Basil on the other hand, this time round he had a much more paternal role within the scheme of things. It was as though he was a much more warming and congenial person to those around him, especially during those scenes where he reassured that young houseboy, and gave some praise to Doctor Watson.
Granted, it did help that this tale was a very captivating one to figure out. Without giving too much away, I'd say this was one of those intriguing escapade's that was all smoke and mirrors until the plot really started to show itself off. Moriarty wanted to commit a crime, but to do this he had to shift Sherlock's focus elsewhere so he'd have half a chance.
Oh! And while on the topic of Moriarty, I've got to mention how I just loved that sequence which initially kicked this picture off (See clip provided). You see, after he was freed for a crime he had previously committed -- which isn't really explained throughout the course of this film -- Moriarty and Sherlock shared a carriage together, and had the opportunity to have a rather bold face-off. No holds barred both parties told their respective opponent what they honestly thought about them. And from my point view, dear reader, this was one of those scenes I couldn't get enough off, as it was so breathtaking with old-school bravado and spot-on characterizations, I'm... I'm... I'm... at a lost for words to say anymore about it. Ha!
Overall I'd say 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' was an amazing film that didn't put a single foot wrong. The story was an enveloping one by nature. And the acting was so... so... so... so... good, that... errrr?
Nuff said. Brilliant film. So brilliant. It's actually left me speechless.
THE RATING: A