A must have for classic Sherlock Holmes fans with 17 hours of films and bonus material!
Actors: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Christopher Lee, Arthur Wontner, Raymond Massey, Ian Fleming
Genre: Classics, Mystery & Suspense
Format: DVD, Black & White, NTSC
Condition: Brand New
Run Time: 17 hours
Aspect Ratio: 1:33:1
If you like Sherlock Holmes, you will love this collection of movies, TV shows and classic radio shows. Great performances by Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce and others capture Sherlock Holmes at his best as they uncover the deepest secrets and darkest schemes behind London's most intriguing criminals and crimes.
DISC ONE - Side A
DRESSED TO KILL || (1946) Basil Rathbone & Nigel Bruce | B&W || Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce star as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in the last of 14 feature films they collaborated on in this entertaining series made between 1939 and 1946. The plot revolves around a group of three music boxes constructed by an inmate at Dartmoor prison who stole and hid a set of engraving plates for 5 pound notes. Within the music boxes are clues designed to reveal the whereabouts of the missing engraving plates.
When they're put up for auction and their buyers start winding up murdered, including an old school chum of Watson's, Holmes and Watson begin to investigate. Soon Holmes' attention is captured by a suspicious trio, a distinguished looking retired colonel, a fetching dark haired young woman and a boorish, knife throwing cab driver. Holmes must match wits against this dangerous group to solve the mystery.
SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SECRET WEAPON || (1943) Basil Rathbone & Nigel Bruce | B&W || The wartime plot pits Sherlock Holmes once more against his nemesis, the villainously brilliant Professor Moriarty, who was believed dead but is now working for the Nazis. The Nazis have assigned Moriarty to kidnap the inventor of a new super bombsight, Dr. Tobel. Holmes outwits the enemy agents and escapes with Tobel and his invention. But despite elaborate precautions, the inventor later disappears before the process of manufacturing the bombsight is perfected.
Holmes and Watson must stop the Nazis from getting their hands on the new bombsight, wrapped in a code of dancing men. Using a variety of disguises -- a Swiss inventor, the Lascar sailor Ram Singh, and an old German bookseller, Holmes puts his own life on the line in a race against the clock to prevent Moriarty from carrying out his evil plans. THE SECRET WEAPON is also the first of the films to introduce Dennis Hoey as Scotland Yard detective Inspector Lestrade.
TERROR BY NIGHT || (1946) Basil Rathbone & Nigel Bruce | B&W || Holmes is hired by a nobleman to protect his mother's, Lady Carstairs', "Star of Rhodesia" diamond, a valuable gem with a death-curse on it, for the duration of an overnight train excursion from London to Edinburgh. Moriarty is suspected of having already made one attempt to steal it and Holmes is sure that he'll try again on the train trip.
Inspector Lestrade (Dennis Hoey) is also along, officially representing Scotland Yard but dressed in mufti and he's hot-and-cold on Holmes' presence. And plenty of swarthy characters, all acting furtively, are present on board the train. Sure enough, not only is the bauble stolen but more than one murder is committed as well. It's up to Holmes and Watson to help Inspector Lestrade solve the murders and recover Lady Carstairs' diamond.
THE WOMAN IN GREEN || (1945) Basil Rathbone & Nigel Bruce | B&W || This is the last film in the Basil Rathbone/Sherlock Holmes series to be written by Bertram Millhauser. Four women are murdered and curiously all four have been left without their right forefinger. Scotland Yard concludes that a madman is to blame but Holmes suspects otherwise and soon deduces a criminal mastermind is at work.
The illustrious sleuth has few clues to lead him towards another solved case but he soon discovers a web of blackmail and hypnotism unlike anything he has ever seen. Holmes fears that only one man, his archenemy, Professor Moriarty (Henry Daniell) could be involved in such an evil scheme.
DISC ONE - Side B
SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE DEADLY NECKLACE || (1962) Christopher Lee & Senta Berger | B&W || An informant of Sherlock Holmes totters up to his doorstep and dies after gasping a cryptic message. Holmes and Watson follow his message to the pub where Professor Moriarty is staying and overhear Moriarty plotting a murder and a theft of an astounding necklace found in the tomb of Cleopatra. They rush to a country estate to save the paranoid lord-of-the-manor, only to arrive too late -- the necklace is gone, and the man himself is dead. Now Holmes must infiltrate Moriarty's home to steal back the necklace and get it to the auction before Moriarty can steal it back.
MURDER AT THE BASKERVILLES || (1937) Arthur Wontner & Ian Fleming | B&W || Sherlock Holmes takes a vacation and visits his old friend Sir Henry Baskerville. His vacation ends when he suddenly finds himself in the middle of a double-murder mystery. Now he's got to find Professor Moriarty and the horse Silver Blaze before the great cup final horse race.
THE SIGN OF FOUR || (1932) Arthur Wontner & Ian Hunter | B&W || Sherlock Holmes is recruited to help a beautiful woman find her father's elusive killer. The only clue: The murderer sends her a single pearl on each anniversary of her father's death.
DISC TWO - Side A
THE SPECKLED BAND || (1931) Raymond Massey | B&W || A rare Sherlock Holmes film Massey as Holmes. This film may contain variations in audio and video quality due to limitations of the original source material.
A STUDY IN SCARLET || (1933) Reginald Owen | B&W || Sherlock Holmes investigates a band of jewel thieves after a daring caper, but before he can nab the crooks they begin killing each other off to swipe the booty.
THE TRIUMPH OF SHERLOCK HOLMES || (1935) Arthur Wontner & Ian Fleming | B&W || The semi-retired Sherlock Holmes is paid a visit by his nemesis Professor Moriarty, who warns him not to investigate the sudden death of an American Pinkerton agent.
DISC TWO - Side B
Nigel Bruce's Screen Test as Dr. Watson and a Studio Film, "The Celebrated Archives of Sherlock Holmes"
The Sherlock Holmes Radio Show - 6 Episodes
The Man Who Disappeared - 1951 TV Pilot with John Longden as Holmes
The Case of the Cunningham Heritage - TV Episode #1 of Ronald Howard's Holmes Series