England's Secret Weapon: The Wartime Films of Sherlock Holmes

England's Secret Weapon: The Wartime Films of Sherlock Holmes

Amanda J. Field


England's mystery Weapon examines the best way Hollywood used Sherlock Holmes in a chain of fourteen movies that spanned the years of global struggle II in Europe, from The Hound of the Baskervilles in 1939 to Dressed to Kill in 1946. Basil Rathbone's portrayal of Holmes has stimulated each actor who has thus performed this renowned personality on movie, television, degree and radio, but the movie sequence has, before, been missed by way of special serious research.

The e-book appears on the motion pictures themselves together with their historic context. even though the 1st motion pictures have been set within the detective's 'true' Victorian interval, Holmes used to be then 'updated' and recruited to struggle the Nazis. He got here to symbolize the appropriate face of britain for the americans - the single guy who can be relied upon to make sure an Allied victory.

Enthusiasm for a Nazi-fighting Holmes quickly waned, and the sequence moved first into ghost-and-ghouls chillers, and at last into visceral horror motion pictures within which Professor Moriarty, Holmes' outdated enemy, have been changed via a brand new breed of villain - a dangerous girl. England's mystery Weapon examines the best way the studio prompt a cautious direction among modernising the detective and ensuring he was once nonetheless recognisable because the 'old Holmes' - in outfits, destinations and behavior.

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