The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)

Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce make their second screen appearances as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Ostensibly based on the stage play by William Gillette, the film owes nothing to the play beyond the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1939
DVD Release Date: April 27, 2004
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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Superior mystery film.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

The perfect blend of mystery and comedy, showing off the series's potential for both.

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

Basil Rathbone still remains the definitive screen Sherlock Holmes for many of the character's fans.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The best and most stylish of the Rathbone-Bruce Holmes series.

Mark Bourne

Director Alfred L. Werker shows off a flair for the material, and we get scenes that appear composed, lit, and shot expressly for the most evocative publicity stills.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Luke Baldock
Another excellent outing for Rathbone and Bruce as Holmes and Watson. This time Holmes faces his most well known nemesis Moriarty. The film begins with Moriarty… More
Marion Ravenwood
It was okay. I was really bothered by the characterization of Watson, who was basically turned into a bumbling idiot and appeared to be more Lou Costello then… More
jay nixon
One of the earliest Holmes movies with Basil Rathbone in the lead is one of the better entries in the series. Rathbone and Bruce make a wonderful team but what… More
Kyle S
Such a fun caper. This is where the famous line, "Elementary, my dear Watson" came from.
Jeremy Smith
"Elementary, my dear Watson."

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