There were 12 Sherlock Holmes movies released in the 1930’s starring seven different actors. It was in 1939 that Basil Rathbone donned a deer stalker hat and put a Mahogany Calabash Pipe to his lips and took on the role of Sherlock Holmes. A role that he would repeat more than any other actor, appearing in 14 films between 1939 and 1946, plus a brief stint in a television series and a radio series.
The films and the actors portraying the infamous Sherlock Holmes are as follows:
1931 The Sleeping Cardinal starring Arthur Wontner
1931 The Speckled Band starring Raymond Massey
1932 The Missing Rembrandt starring Arthur Wontner
1932 The Sign of Four starring Arthur Wontner
1932 Sherlock Holmes starring Clive Brook
1932 The Hound of the Baskervilles starring Robert Rendel
1933 A Study in Scarlet starring Reginald Owen
1935 The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes starring Arthur Wontner
1937 Silver Blaze starring Arthur Wontner
1937 The Man Who Was Sherlock Holmes starring Hans Albers
1939 The Hound of the Baskervilles starring Basil Rathbone
1939 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes starring Basil Rathbone
Here are some of the Sherlock Holmes movies posters that we have been able to hunt down to date. Is one of these films your favorite or do you know someone who would love a souvenir of one of their favorite Sherlock Holmes movies from the 1930’s?