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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 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

Comment by Michael B. Druxman on December 6, 2011 at 9:09am

My long OOP book, BASIL RATHBONE: His Life and His Films, has finally been reprinted and can be pre-ordered for holiday giving by visiting the above link.

Comment by Al Pearce on October 9, 2011 at 6:16pm

i wouldn't be surprised if he was! as william said below, he gave more than he received.


Comment by William on September 22, 2011 at 5:35pm
I agree with you 100%...When you think of Sherlock Holmes you immediately think of Basil Rathbone..And he was a good man off the set..
Comment by Al Pearce on September 22, 2011 at 12:27pm
in my opinion, as well as other people's opinions, Rathbone was AND is the definitive Sherlock Holmes! i'm pretty sure that had Conan Doyle been alive in 1939, he would've been proud to see how Rathbone brought Holmes to life.
Comment by William on September 7, 2011 at 8:30pm
I think that basil Rathbone was a fine and great actor...He gave more than he received...Nominated twice for an Academy Award,and a great and brilliant stage actor,...Like I say he gave more than he recieved...
Comment by stephen rosenthal on September 7, 2011 at 6:17pm
I saw the "Bishop murder case" on TCM the other night.  The movie was made in 1931 starring Rathbone as Philo Vance, detective.  He was so young but he was even then "Sherlock Holmes".  He played the character just as he played Holmes. Got to admit it's one of the few mysteries I couldn't figure who the murderer was.
Comment by Al Pearce on September 7, 2011 at 2:38pm
Rathbone was a wonderful British actor (born in South africa by the way) who excelled in his portrayals of Gentlemen Villains such as those in the Errol Flynn pictures, Shakespearan roles, and above all, playing the definitive Sherlock Holmes on screen! his distinctive voice and charm were utter trademarks.
Comment by daisy dukes on March 4, 2011 at 9:32am
Would love it!  I have In and Out of Character and searched high and low for it - keep us posted -
Comment by Michael B. Druxman on March 4, 2011 at 8:50am

Contracts have not been finalized yet, so I have no idea as to a release date, however:


There is a very good chance that my long OOP book (i.e. 35 years long), BASIL RATHBONE: His Life and His Films, is going to be reprinted within the coming year.


Stay tuned....


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