Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror

Synopsis: When a Nazi saboteur jeeringly predicts to the nation new depredations, via their radio 'Voice of Terror', the Intellegence Inner Council summons Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) to help in the crisis. Holmes and his companion, Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce), are visited the first night of their investigation; a man falls dying from a knife wound on their doorstep. His last word leads Holmes into the slums where he encounters Kitty (Evelyn Ankers), the sweetheart of the slain man.
Director(s): John Rawlins
Production: Universal Pictures
65 min

Germany broadcasting,

Germany broadcasting.

People of Britain,

greetings from

the Third Reich.

This is the voice you

have learned to fear.

This is the

Voice of Terror.

Again, we bring

you disaster,

crushing humiliating


It is folly to

stand against

the mighty wraith

of the Fuhrer.

Do you need more testimony

of his invincible might

to bring you

to your knees?

Very well.

Are you ready

Operative Number 7?

This is the

Voice of Terror.

The secret

airplane factory

somewhere in England.

Listen, screams of the

dying can still be heard.

This is the

Voice of Terror.

Are you there

people of Britain

shivering in your cellars?

Listen Operative 41.

The fuse is lighted.

Oil to fuel your Navy,

to feed your tanks,

there it goes up in smoke

by the millions

of gallons.

This is the

Voice of Terror.

Do you still believe

that there are

secrets unknown

to the Fuhrer?

Listen, tonight at 7:10

an important diplomat

boarded a train

at a little station

outside Liverpool.

Each split second

is accounted for.

The rails divide,

the train hurtles

through the air,

the diplomat will make

no report in London.

This is the

Voice of Terror.

Englishmen, do you

still await your doom

in your stupid,

stuffy little clubs?

It will come,

I promise you.

Operative 23,

the time is now.

We strike you

on the high seas

as well as on the land.

This is the

Voice of Terror.


the Fuhrer strikes

you now as he pleases.

Water pours through

your greatest dams

smashing everything

before it,

even as our

invincible armies

roar toward their


Despite the

effective work

done by the Intelligence

Inner Council,

Jailing fifth columnists

and saboteurs,

despite their efficiency

in coordinating

military strategy

based on information

of enemy movements,

they seem unable

to cope with

the Voice of Terror.

Already six military

catastrophes have occurred.

Unmitigated nerve

of the Press.

Now they're attacking us.

Blast the fellow

to kingdom come.

If only we could keep

this insidious

stuff off the air.

I'm not sure that

I agree with you.

What purpose

would that serve?

Well, the people wouldn't

have to listen to it.

I've been talking

to Crosbie,

the Radio Technician,

if we want him

jammed off the air

Crosbie can do it.

I've been working

along other lines.

I've asked Mr. Sherlock

Holmes to come here.

What, Sherlock Holmes?

This isn't a case for

a private detective.

It's a matter of state.

In this emergency we

should take advantage

of everyone's

peculiar gifts.

Mr. Holmes is the most

subtle and extraordinary

Private Investigator

of our time.

Are you intimating

that the

army and navy


plus Scotland Yard

are not equal to the

occasion, Sir Evan?

I'm sure they're

equal to any occasion.

They've done a

marvelous job

of lining up

fifth columnists,

saboteurs, and

keeping us informed

of the enemy's movements.

But the Voice of Terror

seems to have

them stumped.

Sherlock Holmes may

have a new approach

that will solve

the problem.

What's happened

inside these walls

has always been secret.

We don't want any

outsiders here.

I'm positively and

irrevocably opposed

to calling in

Sherlock Holmes.

Perhaps you'll

change your mind.

I see nothing whatever

to make me do so.

Prentiss is right.

For ordinary criminal


Holmes is excellent

but not for this.

He's unorthodox

and theatrical.

I can tell you

all about him.

Gentlemen, perhaps I can

throw some light on

the subject myself.

Holmes, how are you?

So good of you to come.

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Lynn Riggs

Rollie Lynn Riggs (August 31, 1899 – June 30, 1954) was an American author, poet, playwright and screenwriter born on a farm near Claremore, Oklahoma. His mother was 1/8 Cherokee, and when he was two years old, his mother secured his Cherokee allotment for him. He was able to draw on his allotment to help support his writing. Riggs wrote 21 full-length plays, several short stories, poems, and a television script. more…

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