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Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (4-Jan-1943)

Director: Roy William Neill

Writers: Edward T. Lowe; W. Scott Darling; Edmund L. Hartmann

From short story: The Dancing Men by Arthur Conan Doyle

Music by: Frank Skinner

Keywords: Mystery, Sherlock Holmes

The Swiss inventor of a bomb sight promises his invention to the Allies, and he must be protected from both the Gestapo and the detective's nemesis, Professor Moriarty. Lacks some of the charm of the other Sherlock Holmes excursions, but has plenty of excitement. Some elements were taken from The Dancing Men but the film is not based on that story.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Lionel Atwill
1-Mar-1885 22-Apr-1946 The Ghost of Frankenstein
Nigel Bruce
14-Feb-1895 8-Oct-1953 Played Rathbone's Dr. Watson
Dennis Hoey
30-Mar-1893 25-Jul-1960 Inspector Lestrade
Basil Rathbone
13-Jun-1892 21-Jul-1967 Played original Sherlock Holmes


Basil Rathbone   ...   Sherlock Holmes
Nigel Bruce   ...   Dr. Watson
Lionel Atwill   ...   Moriarty
Kaaren Verne   ...   Charlotte Eberli
William Post, Jr.   ...   Dr. Franz Tobel
Dennis Hoey   ...   Lestrade
Holmes Herbert   ...   Sir Reginald
Mary Gordon   ...   Mrs. Hudson


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