One of the most entertaining of the Rathbone-Bruce Holmesian ventures, SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SECRET WEAPON melds two different periods. The settings are reminiscent of Victorian London, but automobiles, airplanes, and Adolf Hitler also figure into the picture. The film also mixes
sources, amalgamating several of Conan Doyle's stories, with additional, new material thrown in. The plot is set in motion when Rathbone, as Holmes, fakes his own drowning in Scotland in order to throw some miscreants off his track. The evil bunch, led by Sondergaard, is responsible for a series
of "Pajama Suicides"--actually murders, the victims being well-to-do, heavily insured men, an...