THE CURSE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
The Basil Rathbone Story By David Clayton
Basil Rathbone is synonymous with Sherlock Holmes. He played the Victorian sleuth in all fourteen Fox/Universal films of the 1930s and 40s, as well as on stage and radio. For many people, he is Holmes, however, he grew to hate the character. Holmes placed restrictions on his career: before he was an esteemed theatre actor, appearing in Broadway plays such as The Captive and The Swan, the latter of which became his launchpad to greater stardom. In his long career he appeared in many films, including: Love From A Stranger (1937), The Dawn Patrol (1938), The Mad Doctor (1941), Crossroads (1942), Frenchman’s Creek (1944), The Court Jester (1956) and many more. However, he never escaped his most famous role. Basil Rathbone was not Sherlock Holmes. In The Curse of Sherlock Holmes, biographer David Clayton looks at the behind-the-camera life of a remarkable man who deserved so much more than to be relegated to just one role.
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