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Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942)





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Holmes and Watson must unmask a traitor in the Cabinet Office of the British government in this WW II-set mystery thriller incorporating the famous detective into wartime events.

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Basil Rathbone
as Sherlock Holmes
Nigel Bruce
as Doctor Watson
Reginald Denny
as Sir Evan Barham
Montagu Love
as General Jerome Lawford
Henry Daniell
as Anthony Lloyd
Thomas Gomez
as R.F. Meade
Olaf Hytten
as Fabian Prentiss
Leyland Hodgson
as Capt. Ronald Shore
Edgar Barrier
as Voice of Terror
Arthur Blake
as Crosbie
Harry Stubbs
as Taxi driver
Mary Gordon
as Mrs. Hudson
Hillary Brooke
as Jill Grandis
Harry Cording
as Ex-Convict
Leslie Denison
as Air Raid Warden
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Critic Reviews for Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror

All Critics (3)

This is the first entry in Universal's modernized version of the Sherlock Holmes series.

December 31, 2009 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

John Rawlins, normally a minor director, did a smashing job in framing the story with moody noir-style cinematography.

December 21, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

It almost completely lacks the moody atmosphere and tight pacing of the previous two films.

May 2, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror

20th Century Fox dropped Holmes after just two films. They were soon picked up by Universal. They decided to keep Rathbone and Bruce, a winning combination, but decided to make a huge change. They changed the setting from the original Victorian London, and placed it firmly in present day war torn London. This is a huge change done for the sole reason of using a familiar character to dish out some propaganda. It's a bit of a shame really, as the scenes involving patriotism are so heavy handed they stop the movie dead. One scene has a lengthy speech about being British and how not helping Holmes is the same as helping the Nazis. Holmes is called in to find the Voice of Terror, a member of the Third Reich, making radio announcements about Nazi attacks on British soil. Rathbone keeps his character intact using the usual skills to bring evil to justice. Universal have lost all of the ominous atmosphere of the previous films. It often feels very clinical in its construction. Bruce is barely noticeable and his sole purpose seems to be asking Holmes how he possibly could have known such a thing, allowing Holmes to explain to the audience. The supporting cast are of a high calibre, but their actions do seem more geared towards stopping Holmes out of pride, than about protecting their country. It certainly is short, and there is enough to keep you entertained. However, when the final shot is encouraging you to buy War Bonds, you kind of wish they had left Holmes out of this and just used an original character.

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Luke Baldock

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