Basil Rathbone:
Master of Stage and Screen

 

Updated April 1, 2014
 

 

 

 

 

 



photo from "The Hound of the Baskervilles," 20th Century Fox
 
 

 

 

 

 

   
This website exists to honor one of Hollywood's greatest screen and stage actors: Basil Rathbone. Perhaps best known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in the 1930s and 1940s, Rathbone gave outstanding performances in many, many other films as well. Rathbone also appeared in many plays, and his voice could be heard in numerous radio broadcasts and recordings.  

 

 

New this month:  New photos have been added to the review of the 1935 film Captain Blood.

The schedule of Basil Rathbone films being shown on TV in April is on the Schedule page.

 
 
 

Photo of the Month


J. Carrol Naish, Errol Flynn, and Basil Rathbone in a promotional photo for the 1935 film Captain Blood

 

 

 

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Rathbone fans as well as Charles Dickens fans can finally see the long lost 1956 musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' story "A Christmas Carol." The Stingiest Man in Town starred Basil Rathbone as Scrooge. See Fred Guida's Charles Dickens blog (http://charlesdickensonscreen.com/?page_id=17) for more details. Don't miss Fred Guida's tribute to Basil Rathbone: http://charlesdickensonscreen.com/?p=224

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COMING IN 2014:

Devoted to Sherlock Holmes on stage, screen, television, and radio, From Gillette to Brett IV will feature rare Sherlockian films, vendors, and an all-star roster of distinguished speakers, presenters, and events. The conference will be held on the beautiful campus of Indiana University at the Indiana Memorial Union.

Exclusive, 75th Anniversary screenings of Basil Rathbone's The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes will be presented in the state-of-the-art IU Cinema (www.cinema.indiana.edu).

Watch this site for future announcements:
www.wessexpress.com/html/g2b4.html

 

 
The May 2013 issue of Bright Lights Film Journal features a wonderful article on Basil Rathbone, written by Eddie Selover: The Strange Case of Basil Rathbone Enjoy!
 

 

 

Learn about the Basil Rathbone Biography Project
 

A Study in Scarlet

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Now available on Kindle:

Four Sherlock Holmes novels, illustrated by Nick Reekie. Features black and white drawings of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce.

 


The Sign of Four

The Valley of Fear
 
 

The fourteen Sherlock Holmes films with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce were released on BluRay on March 29, 2011.

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Michael Druxman's biography of Basil Rathbone is once again available to buy!

Michael Druxman's book is well-researched and well-written--a "must have" for every Basil Rathbone fan. The book traces the fascinating life of the actor and provides detailed descriptions of all of Rathbone's films, including cast, credits, critics' reviews and production notes. Out-of-print for more than thirty-five years, Michael Druxmanís book is once again available for purchase. This new reprint edition mirrors the original 1975 biography/filmography, including its more than 250 rare photographs, and also contains a new Introduction by the author.

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Basil Rathbone: His Life and His Films

Also by Michael Druxman: Rathbone, a one-person play in THE HOLLYWOOD LEGENDS collection.

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Sherlock Holmes & the Fabulous Faces: The Universal Pictures Repertory Company is a tribute to the men and women who were part of Universal's repertory company. Author Michael A. Hoey discusses the lives and careers of the many character actors and actresses who supported Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce in the 12 Holmes films made at Universal between 1942 and 1946. These players graced hundreds of films with their diversified performances.

Michael A. Hoey is a film and television writer, director and producer. He is also the son of British actor Dennis Hoey, who played the unforgettable Inspector Lestrade in Universal's Sherlock Holmes series.

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Check out this wonderful video montage of Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes, made by Julie, the Ravin' Maven of Classic Film.

Spotted on YouTube: Someone with way too much time on his or her hands has recreated the final duel between Robin Hood and Sir Guy of Gisbourne (from The Adventures of Robin Hood) using LEGO figures! It's very cleverly done. Click here to see it (opens in new window).

 

Features of this website: Click here for a description of the icons in the left column, which represent the pages of this website, and LINKS to other interesting Sherlock Holmes and Basil Rathbone sites.  You can search for particular words or phrases using the search tool below.

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Links to film reviews can be found on the Films page. Reviews without pictures are old ones to which I plan to add pictures as soon as possible.

How much do you know about Basil Rathbone? Try to solve my Basil Rathbone Crossword Puzzle!

Click here to read the 1918 newspaper citation concerning the award of the Military Cross to Basil Rathbone.

Visit the Potpourri section of this site for "Ode to Basil" and other poems written about Rathbone, as well as "Leaving Baker Street" -- an article by Andy Demsky.

Have you ever wondered,
"What if Basil Rathbone had played other famous movie roles?" 
Click here to explore this question.
 

 

Tell Turner Classic Movies what Rathbone films you'd like to see. Write to:

Charlie Tabesh (charles.tabesh@turner.com )
Vice President of Programming
Turner Classic Movies
1050 Techwood Drive
Atlanta, GA 30318

 

 

This page was created by and is maintained by Marcia Jessen.
All original content is © Marcia Jessen, 2014.

 
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Acknowledgments

I am deeply appreciative of the many people who have given me information about Basil Rathbone, shared personal stories, inspired me, and helped me build up my Rathbone collection. Among them are David M, Greg, Joanna, Simon, Debbie, Mary, John, Lisa, David C, Anthony, Neve, and Anna..  Many THANKS for all you've done and continue to do!

 

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