The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
The Struggle of Super-Minds in the Crime of the Century!
Professor Moriarity has a scheme for stealing the crown jewels from the Tower of London. To get Holmes involved, he persuades a gaucho flute player to murder a girl.
Ida Lupino, niebla y Moriarty
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
One of the best of the Rathbone/Bruce Holmes films. George Zucco makes a sinister Moriarty and the great Ida Lupino's (working with a typical damsel role in distress role) is as good as the source material will let her be.
Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) faces off against his arch-enemy, Professor Moriarty (George Zucco), in this installment of the vintage detective series. This movie is a great deal of fun, mostly due to the excellent performances, most notably Rathbone's. However, I can't help but feel disappointment that they choose to make Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) into a comic buffoon rather than the capable assistant he was in Arthur Conan Doyle's stories. I also wish they had adapted one of Doyle's tales instead of a Broadway play based on the character. Oh well, it's still fun, and Zucco is an excellent Moriarty
"I'm going to break you Holmes. I'm going to bring off right under your nose the most incredible crime of the century, and you'll never suspect it until it's too late."
That Professor Moriarty is a piece of work. Ruthless and sadistic under the guise of gentleman and scholar, Moriarty schemes his way through an intricate web of deceit to pull off the crime of his career. it's a great chance to see the beginnings of a villain that continues to live on in one adaptation after another. I still prefer The Hound of the Baskervilles for story and pacing, but it's well worth that introduction and to hear the birthplace of the words, "Elementary, my dear Watson."
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This didn't grab me as much as 'The Spider Woman'. The initial scene with Moriarty and Holmes was fun, but that is all we see of the two of them until the end. This is a shame because their relationship is by far the most interesting thing about this.
Yet again I found myself annoyed with Bruce's portrayal of Watson and there were several scenes that seemed ridiculous.
I found this rather disappointing considering I was advised that this was one of the better Rathbone films. It won't prevent me from giving a few of the other films a go but I do hope that they are closer to the standard of 'The Spider Woman' than this.
One of the Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce series
This might be one the greator Sherlock Holmes movies that I have seen this week because this really shows what a Moriarty can be when his villainy is used like it should be. He is really good in wanting to be the best villain and is trying to dirstract our hero as much as he can in order to pull off a great heist. I think that Sherlock and Watson have such great chemistry that they really make this film what it is and without these two actors, it would not be as good as it is.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is an excellent movie. Even considering that it's the second movie in the series it's possibly the best, and the ending is very good, also.