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Basil Rathbone - Master of the Stage and Screen


Basil Rathbone - Master of the Stage and Screen

A group for devoted fans, or fans to be, of Basil Rathbone. The character actor becoming famous for his Shakespeare portrayals on the British stage, becoming immortal portraying sophisticated villains and --- Sherlock Holmes!

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Some interesting links:

Basil Rathbone and Vivien Leigh reading British love poems for each other, 1939.

A gloriously funny radio appearance with Basil Rathbone on The Jack Benny Show in 1941. Jack Benny harasses Rathbone at his house by throwing rocks on his windows. You have the links to all three parts of the program below on YouTube, but it is first in the last part that Rathbone shows up (discovering Jack Benny hiding behind a bush).
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Basil Rathbone as a guest on The Bob Hope Show, 1941, making a sick, weird, hysterical "advertisement" for his latest film, The Mad Doctor (1941):

And last but not least: All Rathbone related blog posts on my blog Lolita's Classics if you follow this link! Want to start off by reading a bit about his life? You have my original Basil Rathbone post here.

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Comment by Michael B. Druxman on August 20, 2017 at 6:32am

An audio version of my one-person stage play, RATHBONE, is currently in production.  Stay tuned...

Comment by Michael B. Druxman on January 27, 2013 at 12:23pm

My new 1-person play, RATHBONE, is now available in both paperback and Kindle editions.


Comment by Michael B. Druxman on August 27, 2012 at 10:49am
Comment by Neve Rendell on July 1, 2012 at 11:41pm

I've just started a new blog devoted to Basil

It's not going to be anything like as great as Marcia Jessen's amazing site. It's just my thoughts and a LOT of pics.  My first post is about an obscure book I found online called "Watchman, What of the Night?" About the struggle to get The Heiress on Broadway. Fascinating and acerbic glimpse of Ouida being...well, Ouierd. Michael Druxman probably already knows about this of course, but it's new to me!

Comment by Neve Rendell on June 29, 2012 at 12:25pm

Hello Mr Druxman, I'm a huge fan of your book! Poor Basil, she really ought to have been a bit more considerate.

Comment by Al Pearce on June 28, 2012 at 1:20pm
Rathbone may have been excellent at whatever he played in the roles given to him, but like Errol Flynn it's a shame that the both of them were typecast and never got the chance to truly go beyond all that and show they were of better range than people thought. They did, however, get occasions where they could play dramatic roles, thank heaven!
Comment by Michael B. Druxman on June 28, 2012 at 8:06am

Ouida had very expensive tastes, and when Basil's roles dried up and his salaries got smaller after he left the Holmes films, she kept spending. 

Comment by Neve Rendell on June 28, 2012 at 5:14am

To resurrect an old discussion - I just read Michael B Druxman's comment (I love his book btw) that Basil's estate was $10,000 when he died! That's only about $120,000 in today's money! How do you possibly end up with that little when you've been earning $5,000 a week? What did Ouida do at her parties - hand money out as leaving presents?  :-)

Comment by Neve Rendell on June 28, 2012 at 3:48am

I've  recently been sent a bunch of stuff from a collector friend, including a scan of  a photo of Edgar Rathbone (Basil's father). I don't think I've ever seen it before, or any photo of his parents! Edgar looks amaazingly like his son.

Comment by Michael B. Druxman on December 17, 2011 at 8:30am

The paperback reprint of BASIL RATHBONE: His Life and His Films is now available on Amazon for $24.95. 

The book has been out-of-print for over 35 years.

Here is the new book trailer:

Book Trailer: BASIL RATHBONE: His Life and His Films


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