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Sunday, June 8, 2008


Superior entry in the Basil Rathbone & Nigel Bruce WWII era Sherlock Holmes films is possibly the most straightforward & respectful of the Universal series, though a bit too somber for its own good. The unwelcome updating is kept to a minimum and the handsome dark look and carefully worked out shots by regular helmer Roy William Neill turn poverty production values into noir positives. But what gives the film a jolting dash of the creeps is the fine saturnine presence of its thick-featured villain, Henry Daniels, who lends some polish, class & threat to the usual mix of B-list contract actors.

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