The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Synopsis: Professor Moriarity has a scheme for stealing the crown jewels from the Tower of London. To get Holmes involved, he persuades a gaucho flute player to murder a girl.
Director(s): Alfred L. Werker
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
85 min

Gentlemen of the jury, have

you decided on your verdict?

We have.

The prisoner will rise.

Do you find the prisoner guilty

or not guilty of willful murder?

According to the evidence,

we have no choice

but to find the prisoner

not guilty.

So do we all find

and may god forgive us.

Prisoner, at the bar

you have heard the verdict.

Under the law,

no other verdict is possible.

Yet, it is undoubtedly

a gross miscarriage of justice.

It is deplorable, Professor

Moriarty, that a man of your

intellectual attainments

should be standing in the

prisoner's box charged with

a crime of murder.

And in setting you free, I cannot

in my conscience exonerate you.

Let the prisoner be discharged.

[Pounding on door]

Let me in, let me in.

My Lord.

My lord,

I have important new evidence.

You come too late, Mr. Holmes.

The prisoner has been discharged.

But my lord, you can't let

Moriarty go free. He killed Loray.

I can prove it.

I can destroy his alibi.

That alibi has been

established by three hundred

fellows of the Royal Society.

Your lordship,

my client has been acquitted.

He cannot be tried twice

for the same charge.

Oh, there you are, Holmes.

I'm afraid you have

a bad opinion of me.

On the contrary, I hold you

in the highest esteem

but only as a maid.

It's gratifying to know that

one's talents are appreciated

by such a distinguished


- May I give you a lift?

Cabs are scarce in this rain.

- Thank you.

- 221 Bakers Street.

- Very good, sir.

- After you, my dear Holmes.

- By no means,

I prefer that you precede me

at all times.

Such a creature of habit,

you are.

You have a magnificent brain,

Moriarty. I admire it.

I admire it so much I'd like to

present it pickled in alcohol

to the London Medical Society.

That would make an

interesting exhibit.

Holmes, you've only now barely

missed sending me to the gallows.

You're the one man in England

clever enough to defeat me.

The situation

has become impossible.

Have you any suggestions?

I'm gonna break you, Holmes.

I'm going to bring out

right under your nose

the most incredible crime

of the century

and you'll never suspect it

until it's too late.

That will be the end of you,

Mr. Sherlock Holmes.

And when I've beaten and ruined

you then I can retire in peace.

I'd like to retire,

crime no longer amuses me.

I'd like to devote my remaining

years to abstract science.

Well, here we are

at my lodgings.

I'm so sorry

I can't ask you in.

Good night,

Professor Moriarty.

Good night.


I was just coming in

when you rang, sir.

- Oh, there you are, Dawes.

- Mr. Bassick is here, sir.

I'll see him at once.

Come to me

as soon as he's gone, Dawes.

There's something

I want to say to you.

Yes, sir.

Well, Bassick.

Don't that bloke never stop.

That music gives me the creeps.

Does it, Bassick?

I rather like it.

I want you to post that letter

at the box at Portland Square

just a few minutes

before twelve.

Then drive directly to your

lodgings by way of Oxford Circus.

Wait there till I send for you.

That's all.

First, I want to know

what I'm getting into.

You have your orders.

That's enough.

I have a right to know the

layout in case there's trouble.

I'll take care of that.

That's what you promised Higgins

in that Hammersmith job.

Oh, poor Higgins.

They found nothing

but his boots.

One boot.

You know, Bassick,

Higgins was a valuable man

and a clever cracksman.

But he had your unfortunate habit

of asking too many questions

and now all that's left of him

is one boot.

Don't take me wrong, Professor.

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Edwin Blum

Edwin Harvey Blum (2 August 1906 – 2 May 1995) was an American screenwriter.He was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey and died in Santa Monica, California. Films written by Blum include Stalag 17, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Gung Ho. more…

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