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Sunday, June 1, 2008

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SECRET WEAPON (1942)


The second entry in the Basil Rathbone & Nigel Bruce Universal series is not only one of the liveliest of the bunch, but probably the only one that actually benefits from the WWII/Nazi era modernization imposed @ Universal. The other stand-out efforts @ Universal either ignore or bury the time shift. It’s also uses a real Doyle tale (THE RUNNING MAN) as a baseline and has Lionel Atwill’s malevolent Moriarty showing what top-flight character acting can do to ratchet up the dramatic possibilities. The foggy atmosphere & surprisingly rich look were maintained throughout the series, but on this one they’ve got more to support.

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