The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Television
Sherlock Holmes: Jeremy Brett
Dr. Watson: David Burke/Edward Hardwicke

The series of 14 movies was first issued in 1988 under the Key Video name, a division of CBS/FOX, likely in celebration of the 100th anniversary (or so) of the first appearance of Sherlock Holmes. It was a limited run, all have been sold, and unfortunately are now out of print (OOP). However, four titles have been picked up by Focus Film Distributors that are of marginal production quality, even on their DVD releases.

Below are all of the Sherlock Holmes movies, their year of production, title, synopsis, and whether they are commercially available in VHS or DVD. By clicking on the link, I have provided one path to where they may be purchased.

1939
The Hound of the Baskervilles
Is the savage mastiff a real-life monster, a supernatural apparition or simply a hallucination brought on by the oppressive moors? And whatever it is, why is it menacing the young baronet? This two hundred year old mystery is the challenge faced by Sherlock Holmes in the first movie starring Basil Rathbone as Mr. Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson. Perfectly capturing the rich period atmosphere and unforgettable characterizations of the Conan Doyle novel, this is a landmark in the history of suspense films. (Key)

The Hound of the Baskervilles
© 1939 - Twentieth Century Fox
Sydney Lanfield, Director
Running time - 80 min.; B/W
 

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Who wants to steal the fabulous "Star of Delhi" and what does it have to do with the inexplicable strangulation murders besetting the Brandon family? It's a conundrum that taxes even the formidable powers of Sherlock Holmes in this, the second of the beloved Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce collaborations. Ida Lupino co-stars as a beautiful young heiress in line for an ugly death and George Zucco is Holmes' arch enemy, Professor Moriarty, in this perfect period suspense drama. (Key)

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
© 1939 - Twentieth Century Fox
Alfred Werker, Director
Running time - 82 min.; B/W
 
1942
The Voice of Terror
Who is behind the destructive enemy attacks? And how, and why, do they announce them beforehand on the radio? Sherlock Holmes and his indefatigable ally, Dr. Watson, come to the aid of their country in this, the first of the popular WW II Holmes thrillers.

The Voice of Terror
© 1942 - Universal Pictures
Alfred Werker, Director
Running time - 82 min.; B/W
 

The Secret Weapon
Who has kidnapped the inventor of a desperately needed secret weapon? And where is the precious prototype? The allies are in for a major setback unless Sherlock Holmes can find the abducted genius. Lionel Atwill makes his first appearance as super-criminal Professor Moriarty in this mystery set against the exciting backdrop of wartime England. Loosely based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Dancing Men", Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon is one of the acclaimed Rathbone/Bruce classics. (Key)

The Secret Weapon
© 1942 - Universal Pictures
Roy William Neill, Director
Running time - 68 min.; B/W

1943
Sherlock Holmes in Washington
The master detective tries to recover a document microfilmed and hidden in a matchbook by a British agent in the United States. The agent is killed, and the matchbook has been passed to another passenger on the train without her knowing.

Sherlock Holmes in Washington
© 1943 - Universal Pictures
Roy William Neill, Director
Running time - 71 min.; B/W
 

Sherlock Holmes Faces Death
Did charming young Captain Vickery kill Geoffery Musgrave? Why do the Musgraves cling to their bizarre ancient ritual? What deadly secret lies buried in the family crypt? In search of answers to these and other intriguing questions comes Sherlock Holmes and his cohort Dr. Watson. Based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's story, "The Musgrave Ritual", Sherlock Holmes Faces Death stars Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce in a delightfully entertaining English country house mystery. (Key)

Sherlock Holmes Faces Death
© 1943 - Universal Pictures
Roy William Neill, Director
Running time - 68 min.; B/W
 

1944
The Spider Woman
What - or who - is behind the rash of "pajama suicides"? Solving the problem brings Sherlock Holmes face to face with London's deadliest woman and the world's most fearsome insect. Co-starring Gail Sondergaard as the venomous Spider Woman, this imaginative adventure features an especially memorable Basil Rathbone performance (Sherlock Holmes disguised as an Indian officer) as well as Nigel Bruce playing the affable Dr. Watson. One of their best - boasting suspense that is anything but elementary. (Key)

The Spider Woman
© 1944 - Universal Pictures
Roy William Neill, Director
Running time - 62 min.; B/W
 

The Scarlet Claw
Was Lady Penrose the latest victim of a supernatural monster, or was her throat ripped open by an ogre of the human variety? Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson journey to a remote Canadian village to solve the mystery of "La Morte Rouge" in this brilliantly crafted suspense drama. Terrifying touches of the occult and a climax that will all but the most adept Holmesians make this movie one of the special treats of the Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce series. (Key)

The Scarlet Claw
© 1944 - Universal Pictures
Roy William Neill, Director
Running time - 74 min.; B/W
 

The Pearl of Death
Who is the "Creeper" and why does he leave his victims surrounded by shards of smashed china? The mystery has something to do with the "Pearl of Death", a treasure as priceless as it is dangerous to own. Based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's story, "The Six Napoleons", this is one of the most exciting of all the Rathbone/Bruce classics. Co-starring Dennis Hoey in one of his amusing appearances as the luckless Inspector Lestrade, it's a mystery that's as entertaining as it is tantalizing. (Key)

The Pearl of Death
© 1944 - Universal Pictures
Roy William Neill, Director
Running time - 69 min.; B/W
 

1945
The House of Fear
Why are the members of "The Good Comrades" club being murdered -- and hideously mutilated -- one by one? To stop the carnage, Sherlock Holmes travels to Drearcliff, the aptly named Scottish mansion where the club-members are gathered to await their fate. Loosley based on Conan Doyle's "The Adventures of the Five Orange Pips," THE HOUSE OF FEAR stars Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as well as Dennis Hoey in the role of the unfortunate Scotland Yard Inspector Lestrade. (Key)

The House of Fear
© 1945 - Universal Pictures
Roy William Neill, Director
Running time - 69 min.; B/W
 

The Woman in Green
A rash of women are found dead with missing digits, which are used to blackmail previously hypnotized men. It's the diabolical work of Professor Moriarty, whom Holmes trys to finger, but not before the Sleuth is nearly "Empty Housed" and takes an entrancing walk along the edge of a balcony.

The Woman in Green
© 1945 - Universal Pictures
Alfred Werker, Director
Running time - 82 min.; B/W

Pursuit to Algiers
Who murdered the king of Rovenia? Can they be stopped before they kill his heir? When Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson board a ship to protect the young king, they find themselves up against notorious jewel thieves as well as assassins.

Pursuit to Algiers
© 1945 - Universal Pictures
Roy William Neill, Director
Running time - 74 min.; B/W
 

1946
Terror by Night
Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce team up once again as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's master sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his faithful assistant Dr. Watson in the fast paced and entertaining mystery classic. This time out, Holmes and Watson are commissioned to safeguard the return of the priceless "Star of Rhodesia" diamond to its rightful owner, and find themselves in a complicated case of murder, mistaken identity and counterfeit cross and double-cross. (HMG)

Terror by Night
© 1946 - Universal Pictures
Roy William Neill, Director
Running time - 60 min.; B/W

Dressed to Kill
Holmes finds a music box that holds the key to plates stolen from the Bank of England. Along with Dr. Watson, Holmes tracks down the gang of bank robbers and recovers the valuables.

Dressed to Kill
© 1946 - Universal Pictures
Roy William Neill, Director
Running time - 77 min.; B/W
 

 

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