Basil Rathbone is one of the greatest film and stage actors of the Golden era. Although he’s largely fallen into obscurity now, he created timeless roles and is probably the most famous screen Sherlock Holmes.
Born in Johannesburg in 1892, he was only a baby when his parents immigrated to England due to the Jameson Raid. His film and stage career began in earnest after WWI, during which he served with valour. He would enjoy the peak of his success and fame during the 1930s and 40s, when he played wonderful villains such as Sir Guy of Gisbourne and Captain Esteban Pasquale, and created his iconic version of that timeless sleuth, Sherlock Holmes. He would star in fourteen Sherlock Holmes films opposite his good friend, Nigel Bruce, between 1939 and 1946.
Later in his career, although his fortunes would wane, he still appeared in some notable films. But in order to sustain the lavish lifestyle of his second wife, he would also made cheaper thrillers and horror films, such as Tales of Terror (which is great fun and also stars Vincent Price and Peter Lorre).
And so, I would like to invite you to join me in celebrating this wonderful actor on his 128th birthday anniversary.
- Basil had a long career and so his filmography is quite impressive, as are his stage and television credits. Because of this, I will be allowing only two duplicates per entry, and three posts per participant. But, I will only be accepting one entry per Sherlock Holmes film as there are fourteen, and also to ensure some variety. Please only submit new work, as I won’t be accepting any posts written previously.
- You can write about anything you like pertaining to Basil’s film career, television appearances he made, and his friendships and relationships with his fellow film stars etc.
- This blogathon is dedicated to Basil’s life and work and I want to celebrate him, so let’s please keep things nice and not write anything derogatory or defamatory about him.
- The Blogathon is being held on the 13th and 14th of June 2020, which coincides with his 128th birthday anniversary. Please submit your entries either before or by that date. If you find that you need a little extension, please let me know.
- Please take one of the banners and put it somewhere on your site to promote the blogathon. I’d also very much appreciate it if you included one of the banners in your post for the blogathon.
- And most importantly, please let me know what you would like to write about for the blogathon, by either commenting on this post, emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contacting me on twitter @noir_or_never. Please include the name of your blog and a link to it, as I don’t really want to act as amateur sleuth and hunt for you! Please tell me your twitter handle as well so I can promote everything on there.
- Please check the participation list below to see what everyone else is covering and which subjects have been claimed twice.
I so hope you join me to celebrate our wonderful Basil, the king of the sword!
Claimed Sherlock Holmes films: The Woman in Green, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles
Pale Writer: A Notorious Affair (1930) and Sherlock Holmes and the Woman in Green (1945)
Maddy Loves Her Classic Films: A tribute to Basil Rathbone
Hollywood Genes: Mr and Mrs Rathbone as the hosts with the most
Dubsism: Hidden sports analogies in Dawn Patrol (1938)
Sister Celluloid: The Garden of Allah (1936)
Hamlette’s Soliloquy: The Mark of Zorro (1940)
Taking Up Room: Anna Karenina (1935)
Paula’s Cinema Club: Fingers at the Window (1942)
18 Cinema Lane: The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
Critic Retro: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)
Midnite Drive In: A double bill of The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966) and Hillybillys in a Haunted House (1967)
Pure Entertainment Preservation Society: The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
Old Hollywood Garden: The Black Cat (1941)