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by Mark irwin

Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942) was the first of the twelve Universal Studios pictures, and it’s an auspicious launch. As Beethoven’s Fifth rings out some eleven minutes into Voice of Terror with its “V for Victory” da-da-da-dum, “England’s Secret Weapon” is unleashed as Holmes and Watson find themselves pitted against The Big Problem of the day—the Nazis—and it’s a real corker, thanks to a creepy plot and the excellent performances of heavies Henry Daniell and Thomas Gomez.  Read more

by Mark Irwin

Sherlock Holmes is again at the forefront of the popular imagination, thanks to the brilliant writing of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss and the intense performances of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in the BBC’s third season of Sherlock. I admit that at the outset, the whole nicotine patch thing was a major irritation, but I’ve forgiven them for not being brave enough to stand up against the Nanny State and do something really “high level sociopathic” like have their Holmes smoke a pipe—because after all, that just leaves those of us who do smoke that little edge of moral superiority (or perversity!), doesn’t it? And anyway, I stand amazed at just how good these retellings are. These guys are real fanboys, and I think their reinterpretations are nothing short of brilliant. Read more

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