England's Secret Weapon: The Wartime Films of Sherlock by Amanda J. Field

By Amanda J. Field

England's mystery Weapon examines the way in which Hollywood used Sherlock Holmes in a sequence of fourteen motion pictures 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 to that end performed this renowned personality on movie, television, level and radio, but the movie sequence has, before, been missed when it comes to specific severe research.

The booklet appears to be like on the motion pictures themselves together with their old context. even though the 1st movies 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 will 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into ghost-and-ghouls chillers, and eventually into visceral horror movies during which Professor Moriarty, Holmes' outdated enemy, have been changed via a brand new breed of villain - a perilous girl. England's mystery Weapon examines the way in which the studio urged 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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By Amanda J. Field

England's mystery Weapon examines the way in which Hollywood used Sherlock Holmes in a sequence of fourteen motion pictures 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 to that end performed this renowned personality on movie, television, level and radio, but the movie sequence has, before, been missed when it comes to specific severe research.

The booklet appears to be like on the motion pictures themselves together with their old context. even though the 1st movies 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 will 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 eventually into visceral horror movies during which Professor Moriarty, Holmes' outdated enemy, have been changed via a brand new breed of villain - a perilous girl. England's mystery Weapon examines the way in which the studio urged 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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