Who Are...RATHBONE AND BRUCE?
A fine place to start is by viewing: The Hound Of The Baskervilles (1939). In this excellent film Rathbone and Bruce were first teamed as the great detective and his biographer. Interestingly enough, they were reduced to support for star Richard Greene as Sir Henry Baskerville. But it's well done and it's a pleasure to see how quickly Rathbone and Bruce developed their rapport on screen.
See that and watch them in the following four films:
The Scarlet Claw (1944) When the Holmes series was moved to Universal the films became a B series (not in quality, but length) and the setting was moved from the Victorian era to contemporary times. In this one Holmes and Watson are in Canada investigating a series of grisley murders in a small village. This is regarded as the best of the Universal series and it is very spooky.
The Spider Woman (1944) Holmes and Watson investigate a series of unusual suicides and run afoul of Gale Sondergaard, a great screen villainess.
The Pearl Of Death (1944) Holmes and Watson encounter a killer called "The Creeper" (Rondo Hatton). The story is based on The Six Napoleons and is another minor masterpiece of mystery and mayhem.
Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942) This was the first of the Universal series notable for featuring scream queen Evelyn Ankers on the wrong side of the law.
*Contributed by: Eric Jamborsky Date: Tues, Oct 17 2006 / 08:47:25 PST
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