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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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Latest Activity: Dec 9, 2017

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 daisy dukes on July 1, 2010 at 3:39pm
Hi I am late to the discussion but I think he had to fund those expensive parties for his wife Ouida PS Thank you Kimmy!
Comment by Irina Garbo on January 16, 2010 at 5:19pm
It was wonderful! (I mean The Hound of Baskervilles). Basil was as good as always, and Nigel Bruce was amazing (I must say he looked much younger in this one) and in this one he is more typical Watson.
Comment by stephen rosenthal on January 13, 2010 at 4:41pm
hi, remember hound of the baskerville's really introduces Sherlock Holmes so the part won't be as big.
Comment by Irina Garbo on January 13, 2010 at 4:22pm
I am about to watch "The Hound ob Baskervilles", where there was still a typical Holmes. I'm sure it will be great!
Comment by Michael B. Druxman on January 13, 2010 at 9:39am
Personally, I think that THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES is the best of the entire Holmes series and that THE SCARLET CLAW is the best of the Universal films
Comment by Irina Garbo on January 13, 2010 at 9:18am
She looks amazing to her age!
Comment by Christopher on January 12, 2010 at 9:37pm

Comment by Christopher on January 12, 2010 at 9:33pm
yeah..all the Universal -Holmes are good in there little way...
Pat ricia Morison was well known for her exctremely long hair which she never cut..She always had it piled up well for the occasion..a real drama bohemian!

Comment by Irina Garbo on January 12, 2010 at 6:47pm
Oh I like Basil anyway, no matter what they put on his head : ) He's such a handsome in any situation. But it is sure, there's a great mind in this head. And what a funny moment was in "Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon" when they put him in toolbox, I felt I'll fall from my chair of laugh.
Still haven't seen Woman in Green, but hope to do it soon.
Comment by Christopher on January 11, 2010 at 6:58pm
All the Moriartys in the Rathbone-Holmes are great...and they all underplay the role Henry Daniell in Woman in Green is perhaps my favorite..
Yeah..they gave Rathbone a funny hairstyle in some of the first Universals..His hair curled around his head as if to say ..inside this DOME lies a great mind!

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