Basil Rathbone

Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes stands with Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson.

Between 1939 and 1946, fourteen films were made with Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes. The first two films were adaptations of canon stories, but the rest were original stories in a contemporary setting. Theatrical trailers for several of these films have been preserved. You can also see a poster for "Pursuit to Algiers" (1945) with Rathbone as Holmes, Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson, and Marjorie Riordan as Sheila. Explore the links below to learn more about Basil Rathbone and his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes.