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Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) Movies Online Streaming Guide

A series of fourteen films based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories was released between 1939 and 1946; the British actors Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce played Holmes and Dr. John Watson, respectively. The first two films in the series were produced by 20th Century Fox and released in 1939. The studio stopped making the films after these, but Universal Pictures acquired the rights from the Doyle estate and produced a further twelve films. Although the films from 20th Century Fox had large budgets, high production values, and were set in the Victorian era, Universal updated the films to the contemporary era of the Second World War, and produced them as B pictures with lower budgets. Both Rathbone and Bruce continued their roles when the series changed studios, as did Mary Gordon, who played the recurring character, Mrs. Hudson.

  • The Hound of the Baskervilles

    March 24, 1939

    On his uncle’s death Sir Henry Baskerville returns from Canada to take charge of his ancestral hall on the desolate moors of Devonshire, and finds that Sherlock Holmes is there to investigate the local belief that his uncle was killed by a monster hound that has roamed the moors since 1650, and is likely to strike again at Sir Henry.

  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

    September 1, 1939

    Having once again avoided criminal conviction, Professor Moriarity develops a murderous plan to “finish off” his last major nemesis, Sherlock Holmes, by making him fail to prevent the perfect crime. Does it involve a family curse, the crown jewels of England, or something else…

  • Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror

    September 18, 1942

    England, at the start of World War Two. Mysterious wireless broadcasts, apparently from Nazi Germany are heard over the BBC. They warn of acts of terror in England, just before they take place. Baffled, the Defence Committee call in Holmes …

  • Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon

    December 25, 1942

    In the midst of World War II, Sherlock Holmes rescues the Swiss inventor of a new bomb-sight from the Gestapo and brings him to England, where he shortly falls into the clutches of Professor Moriarty.

  • Sherlock Holmes in Washington

    March 24, 1943

    In World War II, a British secret agent carrying a vitally important document is kidnapped en route to Washington. The British government calls on Sherlock Holmes to recover it.

  • Sherlock Holmes Faces Death

    September 17, 1943

    During WWII several murders occur at a convalescent home where Dr. Watson has volunteered his services. He summons Holmes for help and the master detective proceeds to solve the crime from a long list of suspects including the owners of the home, the staff and the patients recovering there.

  • The Spider Woman

    December 24, 1943

    Sherlock Holmes investigates a series of so-called “pajama suicides”. He knows the female villain behind them is as cunning as Moriarty and as venomous as a spider. Based on “The Sign of Four” and the short stories “The Dying Detective”, “The Final Problem”, “The Speckled Band” and “The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot”.

  • The Scarlet Claw

    May 18, 1944

    A woman is found dead — with her throat torn out. Villagers blame a supernatural source but Holmes has other ideas.

  • The Pearl of Death

    August 1, 1944

    The famous Borgia Pearl, a valuable gem with a history of bringing murder and misfortune to its owner since the days of the Borgias, is brought to London, thanks in part to Sherlock Holmes. But before long the jewel is stolen, due to an error on Holmes’ part, and shortly thereafter, a series of horrible murders begin, the murderer leaving his victims with their spines snapped and surrounded by a mass of smashed china.

  • The House of Fear

    March 16, 1945

    The Good Comrades are a collection of varied gentlemen who crave one thing - solitude. They reside at Drearcliff House, ancestral home of their eldest member. All seems serene and convivial until one by one the members begin to perish in the most grisly of manners. Foul play is suspected by the Good Comrades’ insurance agent, who turns to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson for guidance.

  • The Woman in Green

    June 15, 1945

    Sherlock Holmes investigates when young women around London turn up murdered, each with a finger severed. Scotland Yard suspects a madman, but Holmes believes the killings to be part of a diabolical plot.

  • Pursuit to Algiers

    October 26, 1945

    After the King of Ruthenia has been assassinated, Holmes and Watson are engaged to escort his son to Europe via Algiers, aboard a transatlantic ocean liner which also carries a number of suspicious persons, any of whom may be involved in a plot to also assassinate him.

  • Terror by Night

    February 1, 1946

    Holmes and Watson board a passenger train bound from London to Edinburgh, to guard the Star of Rhodesia, an enormous diamond worth a fortune belonging to an elderly woman of wealth; but within the first hour of the trip, the woman’s son is murdered and the diamond stolen and any of the passengers in their car could be the killer thief.

  • Dressed to Kill

    May 24, 1946

    A convicted thief in Dartmoor prison hides the location of the stolen Bank of England printing plates inside three music boxes. When the innocent purchasers of the boxes start to be murdered, Holmes and Watson investigate.

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