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Reviews: Films

It is my eventual goal to see every Sherlock Holmes inspired film ever made. Obviously, this may take a while. As I watch these films, I will be reviewing each of them. Here they have been divided according to the actor playing Holmes, and within each subsection, the films are listed with the newest reviews at the bottom of each section. I may, at a later date, organize these according to production order.

Each review is accompanied by a rating system. This rating system is indicated by pipes, with five pipes given for highly recommended films, and one pipe given for mediocre films. It should be noted that my primary interest in all Sherlock Holmes adaptations is the slash element contained within each. As such, each review will contain a detailed examination of the subtextual elements found within the film. Ratings are based entirely on this slash element.

Arthur Wontner
The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes (1935)

Murder at the Baskervilles (1941)

The Sign of Four (1932)
The Sleeping Cardinal (1931)

Basil Rathbone
The Woman in Green (1945)
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)
Sherlock Holmes and the Spider Woman (1944)
The Pearl of Death (1944)
Pursuit to Algiers(1945)
SH and the House of Fear(1945)
SH and the Voice of Terror(1942)
Dressed to Kill(1945)
SH and the Secret Weapon(1943)
SH in Washington(1943)
SH Faces Death(1943)
The Scarlet Claw (1944)
Terror by Night (1946)

Peter Cushing
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)

Jeremy Brett

Please note, Jeremy Brett's performance as Holmes is located in Television adaptations; this includes the feature length episodes produced by Granada.

The Hound of the Baskervilles (Ian Richardson) (1983)

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (Robert Stephens) (1970)

SH and the Case of the Silk Stocking (Rupert Everett) (2004)
A Study in Scarlet (Reginald Owen) (1933)
The Speckled Band (Raymond Massey) (1931)
SH and the Deadly Necklace (Christopher Lee) (1962)
Without a Clue (Michael Caine) (1988)
A Study in Terror (John Neville) (1965)

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