Sherlock Holmes in Washington

Synopsis: In World War II, a British secret agent carrying a vitally important document is kidnapped en route to Washington. The British government calls on Sherlock Holmes to recover it.
Director(s): Roy William Neill
Production: Universal
71 min

Your name please?

William Easter.

Mr. William Easter?


Your passport please.

Do I have to go through

this rigmarole every time?

Regulations sir.

Beastly nuisance

I call it.

You'll receive your American

Visa in Lisabon.

Will there be time?


We've seemed

to cut our time

pretty close Sir Henry.

Have you a word Sir Henry?

Do you wish to

make any comments?

Sir Henry, what

is your destination

New York or Washington?

I'm sorry, I have

nothing to say.

Sir Henry Marchmont

official business.

Oh Sir Henry Marchmont.

Sir Henry.

Thank You.

Good luck Sir Henry.

Thanks, I may need it.

Shall I take

your case sir?

Definitely not.

I say, you think

the old boy carried

the fate of the empire

in that little black case.

Perhaps he does.

Heads up boys.

Roll it away.

Lively now.

Hey just a moment,

you are shy one passenger.

Hold on.

Wait a bit.

Wait I say.

I've got passage.


Your name sir?

Grayson's the

name, John Grayson,

senior clerk Farlow

Nash and Farlow,

solicitor of

Chancery Lane.

You've got it all there.

Everything quite regular.

Sorry to delay you,

missed the bus

had to take a taxi,

dreadful nuisance.


Hop aboard will you,

we're late now.


Thanks awfully.

Sorry to delay.

I'm awfully sorry.

It's quite all right.

I've no sense of

balance, none whatever.


clumsy of me.

No sense of balance.

That's what it is.

The effects of the

inner ear I fancy.

And when I read

that you were in route to

Washington, Sir Henry,

I just couldn't rest

until I found you.

Now dear, when can

you dine with us?

Very kind Mrs. Jellison

I'll put you first

on my unofficial list.

Oh I have a much

better idea.

You must let me put you

up during your stay.

Thanks very much but...

Washington is so crowded.

I'll put you in

the blue room.

Come in.

Thank you sir.

But if Sir Henry

isn't the one who is?

I don't know.

But Sir Henry received

a cable from London

tipping him off.

It's up to us to find

the real British agent

before this train

reaches Washington.


Whoever's got the document

will be protected there.

If Sir Henry isn't

carrying it...

I've got it.

Besides Sir Henry

and myself

only one man's come all

the way from London.

A chap called Grayson,

John Grayson.

Well then

Grayson's are man.

Grayson's carrying

the document

while Sir Henry's

being used as a decoy.

It's so old it's new.

When Grayson leaves

the club car

and goes to get

his luggage

that's our cue.

We know what to do.


That's Grayson

standing at the bar,

the little fellow.

Excuse me sir.

Don't give it

thought brother.

I'm in politics, I'm

used to hard knocks.

I'm Henry Babcock,

Senator Babcock.

How do you do?

John Grayson.

Sit down Grayson.

Have a glass

of grape juice

from my home state.

Used to know a

man named Grayson,

mighty fine man.

He was murdered.

Two grapes George.

This book has got

me all confused.

I do wish you'd

set me straight

on the

international situation.

Rather large

order I'm afraid.

Oh you're so

right, Sir Henry.

One must take the broader

view I always say.

Another grape

juice Grayson,

you can't have too many

vitamins I always say.

Thank you Senator

but if you don't mind

I'll have a

whiskey and soda.

Why sure.

George bring them

over will you?

Let's get a chair.

I was built for comfort.

Solid little beggars.

Kept some myself

for the lad

till mother got a cat.


Don't say C-A-T.

Oh sorry.

Permit me.

Oh thank you, you're

very kind I'm sure.

Beg your pardon sir.

Here we are.


Yes sir.

Are we on time?

Yes sir.

We'll be in Washington

in twenty-minutes.

By the way Grayson

what's your line?


Yeah, what

business you in?

What's your racket?

Oh I represent a

London legal firm.

Farlow, Nash and Farlow.


I used to know a

man named Farlow.

No, no it was Marlow.

Couldn't have been

the same fellow.

Well I suppose not.

I've been making

a tour of my state

getting the opinions

of the home folks.

Taking a lot of their

ideas back to Washington.

I'd like to hear more of

your activities Senator.

Give me your address Sir

and I'll have all my

speeches mailed to you.

You're quite to kind sir.

Sorry I have no card.

Oh Porter?

Yes Miss?

Permit me.

Thank you very much.

Not at all.

I'll be at this address

for the next week or so,

I hope.

Thank you.

I'll get my

papers together.

Pleasant meeting

you my friend.

Better look me

up in Washington.

I'll just get my bag.

Thank you, thank you.

Oh I forgot to pay George.

Excuse me sir.

This is a blackout.

Keep your seats.

This is a blackout.

Keep your seats.


Oh dear, all gone.



Nancy darling.

I didn't dream you'd

be able to meet me.

I got leave.

Oh darling,

that's wonderful.

Just three days.

Oh that's awful?

We haven't a

second to lose.

First thing I did...

Was get this.

This finger?

Well I haven't had

much experience.

Look, day after tomorrow

your aunt's giving

us a reception

until then you and I

are going to be a

couple of busy people.

Oh I beg your pardon.


Who's your boyfriend?

You needn't worry.

He just lit a

cigarette for me.

This is the

BBC News Bureau

broadcasting from London.

At this time we present

our regular morning

summary of the news.

A British subject

has disappeared

under curious


John Grayson,

senior clerk in the firm

of Farlow Nash and Farlow,


Chancery Lane,

has not arrived

at his firm's


in Washington.

Foul play is suspected.


simply deplorable.

It's the sort of thing

that shakes your

faith by George.

I say, Holmes, shake

your faith in everything.

You alarm me Watson.

I've never seen you

affected by the news

however startling.

Startling, my dear

fellow, it's devastating.

Seen the scores?

The Navy got four

hundred and twenty-eight

for six wickets.

Against the Army at Lords.

May I draw your

attention to the fact

that really

momentous things

are happening in

the world today?

I know all about that.

I'll get to them later on.

Excuse me.

Mind my egg old boy.

Oh I'm sorry.

With your consuming

interest in the game

I'm surprised that you've

changed your mind

about running up to Lord's

cricket grounds this afternoon.

Well it can't be helped.

I had to put it off...

how did you know

I'd changed my mind?

Elementary my dear Watson.

Invariably when you

go to a cricket match

you fill your flask

with my best whiskey.

Just now I

noted in passing

that the flask was empty.

A single whiff informed me

that it had been

recently filled,


after filling it,

you would

pour the contents

back into the bottle,

therefore you would

have changed your mind

about a cricket match.

You amaze me Holmes.

You're positively amazing.

Come in Mrs. Hudson.

Oh excuse me, Mr. Holmes,

there's a gentleman

and he's very insistent.

Well I do declare

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Bertram Millhauser

Bertram Millhauser (March 25, 1892 – December 1, 1958) was an American screenwriter. He wrote for 61 films produced between 1911 and 1960. He was born in New York City, New York and died in Hollywood, California from a heart attack. more…

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