Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (February 12, 1943)
Released on February 12, 1943: During the Second World War, A Swiss scientist invents a revolutionary new bomb sight for airplanes, but Dr. Moriarty has kidnapped the scientist and will sell the device to the enemy.
Directed by Roy William Neill
Written by Edward T. Lowe Jr. and Scott Darling
The Actors: Basil Rathbone (Sherlock Holmes), Nigel Bruce (Doctor John Watson), Lionel Atwill (Professor Moriarty), Kaaren Verne (Charlotte Eberli), William Post Jr. (Dr. Franz Tobel), Dennis Hoey (Scotland Yard Inspector Lestrade), Holmes Herbert (Sir Reginald Bailey), Mary Gordon (Mrs. Martha Hudson, Holmes' housekeeper), Rudolph Anders (Braun), Ted Billings (barfly), Veda Ann Borg (bar singer), Paul Bryar (Swiss waiter), John Burton (Royal Air Force Officer), Vicki Campbell (Royal Air Force Pilot), Gerard Cavin (Royal Air Force Officer watching bomb sight test), Harry Cording (Jack Brady, ship's carpenter), James Craven (Royal Air Force Officer watching bomb sight test), Harold De Becker (Peg Leg), Jack Deery (military officer), Leslie Denison (British Bobbie), George Eldredge (policeman outside Durer's), Paul Fix (Mueller), Leyland Hodgson (Royal Air Force Officer), Colin Kenny (Scotland Yard Detective), Guy Kingsford (foot patrolman), George Burr Macannan (Gottfried, Moriarty henchman), Michael Mark (George), Ray Spiker (barfly), Henry Victor (Professor Frederic Hoffner), Harry Woods (Kurt)
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The End of Sherlock Holmes
During World War Two, airplanes had evolved into fearsome fighting machines. The two-story wings of the Bi-Planes were gone, and airplanes became large enough to hold many bombs in the belly of the plane. The problem was to release the bombs at the precise moment that would cause the bombs to hit the ground at the spot desired, instead of ten or fifty feet away. This was a guessing game during World War Two, with the eye-hand coordination of the pilot, and his best guess to determine exactly when to drop the bombs.
Unfortunately, without knowing the wind speed or direction, the exact height of the airplane, and the exact distance to the target, a direct hit was always a fortunate piece of good luck, but most bombs missed their target. Then if the bombers were unfortunate enough to find cloudy skies or foggy ground, all bets were off for even a fortunate bit of luck. 1940’s scientists were frantically searching for ways to signal the bomber to release his bombs at the exact instant necessary for them to fall naturally through the air and onto the proper target.
As our adventure opens, with World War Two raging, Sherlock Holmes is in Switzerland to help a Swiss scientist escape to England with the workings for a magical machine that could enable precision bombing for the British Air Force. Holmes is smart enough to spirit the scientist out of Switzerland and into England, but alas, the scientist will soon fall into the hands of Sherlock Holmes’ nemesis, Doctor Moriarty. Not only that, but Sherlock Holmes will find himself bound and gagged and placed in the bottom of a large trunk, to be dropped into the ocean by a henchman seaman. It appears that the world’s greatest detective has finally been out-witted by the evil Doctor Moriarty. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Basil Rathbone and Kaaren Verne
Basil Rathbone and Lionel Atwill
Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce
Harold De Becker
Holmes Herbert and Basil Rathbone
Nigel Bruce and Dennis Hoey
William Post Jr.