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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)

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Running Time
1 hour, 25 minutes

Country USA

Studio 20th Century Fox

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• Sherlock Holmes

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Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Thieves, Detectives, Investigation, Murder

Tagline: The Struggle of Super-Minds in the Crime of the Century!

Plot: After being acquitted of murder, Sherlock Holmes' (Basil Rathbone) cunning nemesis Professor Moriarty (George Zucco) hatches a plot to steal the famous Star of Delhi from the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London. In order to distract the master sleuth from this crime of the century, Moriarty sends anonymous death threats to young socialite Ann Brandon (Ida Lupino in an early role), forcing Holmes and Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) to split up to protect the jewels and prevent her murder. Based on a stage play by William Gillette, this second of the 14 films starring the classic pairing of Rathbone and Bruce is arguably considered the series' finest.

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 Directed by
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 Written by
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