Basil Rathbone's birthday is on June 13. Basil Rathbone is a true Hollywood legend who received 2 Oscar nominations in the 1930s and won a Tony award. Let's have a night to celebrate his legacy both as Sherlock Holmes and as a horror film star. With the Downey Jr. films, the BBC series, and Elementary drawing legions of new fans into the world of Sherlock Holmes, let's watch one of the early Holmes films of Basil Rathbone who made a total of 14 Holmes films in his career. After that, we'll watch Tower of London where you get to see a very different Basil Rathbone. It's also a great chance to see Boris Karloff in his prime and Vincent Price in his very first horror film appearance! I hope you can join us.
This is a co-meetup with the horror and suspense meetup.
I'll provide some appetizers and pizza. I will also provide soft drinks, bottled water, and tea along with serving supplies. Feel free to bring additional food items/beverages. For those who don't wish to bring a food item, I will also have a jar if you want to throw a few dollars in to help with the cost of the pizzas, other food, beverages and supplies.
Doors open at 6:45 p.m. **I have one cat in case anyone has severe cat allergies.** Let me know if you have cat allergies, and I'll put the cat in another room. Again, please park in any parking space, just not on the street. There's my driveway, 6 spaces close to my unit, 10 are in the cul de sac at the end of my street, and 20 more are near the phase 2 mailboxes and the pool. Thanks! If you don't see an empty space, please come to the door, we'll show you where to park and give you a ride to and from the parking space if you need one. My cell is [masked] if you have any questions.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes; 1939; 85 Minutes
Review from Amazon "One of the most engaging features from 20th Century Fox's Holmes series, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is also of historical interest as it based on a hugely popular, early 20th century stage play written by and starring William Gillette. Basil Rathbone cuts a fine figure as the lean, hawkish Great Detective, drawn into a complicated conspiracy by fiendish Dr. Moriarty (George Zucco) to distract Holmes while quietly preparing to steal the Crown Jewels. Nigel Bruce is on board as a buffoonish Dr. Watson, and British-born Ida Lupino is very good, and quite gorgeous, as a young woman who may be the target of a family curse. True-blue Sherlockians know that very little of Gillette's tale, and next to nothing about Zucco's or Bruce's performances, have anything to do with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's sacred canon. Still, this is a handsome production to enjoy on its own terms."
Tower of London; 1939; 92 Minutes; Universal Studios
In the 15th century Richard Duke of Gloucester, aided by his club-footed executioner Mord, eliminates those ahead of him in succession to the throne, then occupied by his brother King Edward IV of England. As each murder is accomplished he takes particular delight in removing small figurines, each resembling one of the successors, from a throne-room dollhouse, until he alone remains.