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Basil Rathbone

Basil Rathbone

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Also Known As: Died: July 21, 1967
Born: June 13, 1892 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: South Africa Profession: Cast ...
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COMPLETE FILMOGRAPHY WITH SYNOPSIS

Cast (feature film)

1.
Great Mouse Detective, The (1986) as Voice Of Sherlock Holmes
Mouse detective Basil is working with his colleague Dr. Dawson to rescue a kidnapped toymaker from the evil Ratigan. Although the case proves to be dangerous, Basil and Dawson manage to save the toymaker and foil their nemesis.
2.
Hillbillys in a Haunted House (1967) as Gregor
Country singers on their way to Nashville have car trouble, forcing them to stop at an old haunted mansion. Soon they realize that the house is not only haunted, but is also the headquarters of a ring of international spies after a top secret formula for rocket fuel.
3.
The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966) as Reginald Ripper
Hiram Stokley is a recently desased corpse who learns that he has 24 hours to mastermind and perform one good deed in order to get into Heaven, so he enlists the help of his long deceased girlfriend Cecily, a ghost, to stop his greedy lawyer, Reginald Ripper and his henchman J. Sinister Hulk from claiming his estate for themselves and protecting his eligible heirs, Chuck, Lili, Hiram's cousin Myrtle, and her son who brings his beach party friends up at the mansion for a pool party while Reginald Ripper also employs his daughter Sinistra, and J. Sinister Hulk's slow-witted associates Chicken Feather and Yolanda to help them terrorize the teens, while dopey biker Eric Von Zipper and his Malibu Rat Pack bikers also get involved in pursuing Yolanda for a share of the estate.
4.
Queen of Blood (1966) as Dr. Farraday
The year is 1990. An alien species makes contact with Earth through radio transmission, notifying of an imminent visit. Alien ship crash lands on Mars, and a rescue team is sent out from Earth. (The plot thickens! :) Eventually a surviving female is located and brought on to the human ship. The female is light green with an amazing hair-do. After some unsuccessful attempts by the human crew to feed her, she is more or less left to herself. (Ominous, is it not?) While most of the crew sleeps, the Alien female hypnotizes the astronaut on guard. When the crew awakens, she is sleeping, and the guard is DEAD! Brief examination shows that the Alien ate his blood. THE QUEEN OF BLOOD! Naturally, there is a lot of blood plasma on the ship, so they feed the alien using that supply. When they are almost home, however, yet another crew member is eaten, a fight breaks out, and the alien is accidentally killed before she can finish the third guy. Phew! The ship lands on Earth, finally! But there is trouble... The two remaining astronauts find a lot of eggs when they are about to leave the ship. Obviously the alien was a kind of bee-queen whose sole purpose was to spread their species to Earth, where there is a lot of yummy food... One of the astronauts tries to warn the arriving scientists of this danger, but they could not care less. Being scientists, they know what they are doing, so they collect the eggs and run happily along. The astronaut sums it up: "Well, at least I TRIED..."
5.
Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet (1965) as Professor Hartman
In the year 2020, cosmonaut Marcia (Faith Domergue) orbits the planet Venus while two astronauts and a robot journey on the surface. Professor Hartman (Basil Rathbone) is also on hand to observe the exploration from a distance. The explorers are attacked by prehistoric beasts, and then lose their robot (and nearly their lives!) in a volcanic eruption that engulfs the planet. They conclude that the Venusians were really human beings who destroyed their civilization with nuclear warfare.
6.
The Comedy of Terrors (1963) as John F. Black
An undertaker who hasn't had any 'customers' in a long time is forced the pay one year's back-rent. To get money he starts to kill people in order to get new clients.
7.
Two Before Zero (1962) as
8.
The Magic Sword (1962) as Lodac
A good witch's son uses his mother's magic to rescue a princess from an evil sorcerer.
9.
Tales of Terror (1962) as Carmichael
Three Edgar Allen Poe stories feature murder, hauntings and a fiendish hypnotist.
10.
The Last Hurrah (1958) as Norman Cass, Sr.
A political boss faces changing times as he runs for re-election.
11.
Adventures into Space (1958) as Narrator
12.
The Black Sleep (1956) as Sir Joel Cadman
A brain surgeon's experiments create a race of deadly freaks.
13.
The Court Jester (1956) as Sir Ravenhurst
A traveling actor is mistaken for a medieval rebel.
14.
We're No Angels (1955) as Andre Trochard
After escaping Devil's Island, three offbeat prisoners help a goodhearted family outwit a scheming relative.
15.
Casanova's Big Night (1954) as Lucio
A tailor's apprentice fills in for the famed Italian lover.
16.
Vienna Art Treasures (1950) as Narrator
17.
Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, The (1949)
Mr. Toad, owner of Toad Hall, loves the latest fads, such as motor cars. His passion for fashion gets him in hot water with the wrong crowd. Fortunately for Toad, his friends, Mole, Rat and Badger come to his rescue.
18.
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949) as Narrating the Story of Mr. Toad
19.
Sherlock Holmes in Dressed to Kill (1946) as Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes sets out to find why people are killing each other over a seemingly inexpensive music box.
20.
Heartbeat (1946) as Professor Aristide
A young female escapee from a reform school joins a pickpocket academy in Paris. She is caught red-handed on her first attempt at stealing by an upper class man. He recruits her to do him a favor at a society party where she meets and falls in love with a young, handsome, rich diplomat. Whether or not she can land him is another story.
21.
Dressed to Kill (1946) as Sherlock Holmes
A convicted thief in Dartmoor prison hides the location of the stolen Bank of England printing plates inside three music boxes. When the innocent purchasers of the boxes start to be murdered, Holmes and Watson investigate.
22.
Terror by Night (1946) as Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes signs on to protect a priceless diamond from jewel thieves.
24.
The Woman in Green (1945) as [Sherlock] Holmes
Sherlock Holmes investigates a series of seemingly unrelated murders.
25.
The House of Fear (1945) as Sherlock Holmes
26.
Pursuit to Algiers (1945) as Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes tries to protect a foreign leader traveling on an ocean liner.
27.
Frenchman's Creek (1944) as Lord Rockingham
28.
The Pearl of Death (1944) as Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes investigates the link between a stolen pearl and a series of murders.
29.
The Spider Woman (1944) as Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes fakes his own death to expose a killer.
30.
Bathing Beauty (1944) as George Adams
A songwriter enrolls in an all-girl school to court a pretty gym teacher.
31.
The Scarlet Claw (1944) as Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes investigates a haunting in a Canadian village vital to the war effort.
32.
Above Suspicion (1943) as [Count] Sig von Aschenhausen
A honeymooning couple are asked to spy on the Nazis in pre-war Europe.
33.
Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1943) as Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes fights to keep a new bombsite design from the Nazis.
34.
Crazy House (1943) as Sherlock Holmes
35.
Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943) as Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes investigates murders at a rest home where Watson volunteers.
36.
Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943) as Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes tries to recover a stolen document during World War II.
37.
Crossroads (1942) as Henri Sarrou
A French diplomat who's recovered from amnesia is blackmailed over crimes he can't remember.
38.
Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942) as Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes investigates acts of terrorism linked to Nazi radio broadcasts.
39.
Paris Calling (1942) as [Andre] Benoit
40.
Fingers at the Window (1942) as Dr. H. Santelle [also known as Caesar Ferrari]
A magician uses hypnosis to create an army of murderers.
41.
The Black Cat (1941) as [Montague] Hartley
Greedy heirs gather to wait for the death of Henrietta Winslow. Murder, thunder claps, howling cats, gun shots, screams in the night, hidden passages -- all the proper ingredients.
42.
International Lady (1941) as [Reggie] Oliver
43.
The Mad Doctor (1941) as Dr. George Sebastien [also known as Dr. Frederick Langamann]
44.
Rhythm on the River (1940) as Oliver Courtney
Popular songwriter Oliver Courtney has been getting by for years using one ghost writer for his music and another for his lyrics. When both writers meet at an inn, they fall in love and then try to sell their songs under their own name. The problem is every song publisher thinks they're copying Courtney's style.
45.
The Mark of Zorro (1940) as Capt. Esteban Pasquale
A Spanish nobleman becomes a masked outlaw by night to battle a local tyrant.
46.
The Sun Never Sets (1939) as Clive Randolph
When Clive Randolph finally returns "home" from Gold Coast colony, younger brother John balks at following the family Colonial Service tradition. But back in Gold Coast, one Zurof, nominally studying ants, pursues a hidden political agenda that causes worldwide unrest; the Colonial Office persuades both brothers to go back and deal with it. Young John makes a mess of things, then must save the day on his own.
47.
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939) as Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes uncovers a plot to murder the heir to a country estate.
48.
Tower of London (1939) as Richard, Duke of Gloucester
An ambitious duke uses his executioner henchman to kill his way to the crown.
49.
Rio (1939) as Paul Reynard
50.
Son of Frankenstein (1939) as Baron Wolf von Frankenstein
The legendary scientist's son is tempted to resume his father's horrible experiments.
51.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939) as Sherlock Holmes
The famed sleuth tries to stop Professor Moriarty from stealing the Crown Jewels.
52.
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) as Sir Guy of Gisbourne
The bandit king of Sherwood Forest leads his Merry Men in a battle against the corrupt Prince John.
53.
The Adventures of Marco Polo (1938) as Ahmed
Classic biography of the Italian explorer and his journeys to China.
54.
If I Were King (1938) as Louis XI
Vagabond poet Francois Villon wins the chance to improve life in Medieval France, if he will give up his lower-class friends.
55.
The Dawn Patrol (1938) as Major Brand
A flight commander in France almost cracks under the pressure of sending men to their deaths.
56.
Make a Wish (1937) as [Johnny] Selden
While at summer camp in the Maine woods, little Bobby Breen befriends composer Basil Rathbone, who left the city to try and break his creative block, and is soon playing matchmaker for his widowed singer mother and Rathbone.
57.
Love from a Stranger (1937) as Gerald Lovell
Carol wins the lottery, but unfortunately her sudden wealth leads to a disagreement with her fiancT Ronald, and the two break up. Carol quickly falls in love with the romantic and mysterious Gerald, and marries him despite the warnings of her friends. It is not long before Carol begins to see that Gerald is disturbed and perhaps even dangerous, and she soon realizes that she is in great peril.
58.
Tovarich (1937) as Gorotchenko
Russian nobles flee the revolution and take jobs in Paris as servants.
59.
Confession (1937) as Michael Michailow
A glamorous singer commits murder to protect her daughter's virtue.
60.
Romeo and Juliet (1936) as Tybalt, nephew to Lady Capulet
Shakespeare's classic tale of young lovers from feuding families.
61.
Private Number (1936) as [James] Wroxton
62.
The Garden of Allah (1936) as Count Ferdinand Anteoni
A monk deserts his calling to marry a beautiful woman he meets in the Sahara.
63.
A Tale of Two Cities (1935) as Marquis St. Evremonde
Charles Dickens' classic story of two men in love with the same woman during the French Revolution.
64.
David Copperfield (1935) as Mr. Murdstone
Charles Dickens' classic tale of an orphaned boy's fight for happiness and the colorful characters who help and hinder him.
65.
The Last Days of Pompeii (1935) as Pontius [Pilate]
A blacksmith's rise to wealth and power is jeopardized by his son's Christianity and the eruption of Vesuvius.
66.
Captain Blood (1935) as Levasseur
After being unjustly sentenced to prison, a doctor escapes and becomes a notorious pirate.
67.
Kind Lady (1935) as Henry Abbott
A con artist and his criminal colleagues move in on a trusting old lady.
68.
Anna Karénina (1935) as [Alexei Alexandrovitch] Karenin
Adaptation of Tolstoy's classic tale of a woman who deserts her family for an illicit love.
69.
A Feather in Her Hat (1935) as Captain [Randolph] Courtney
A female shopkeeper sacrifices everything to give her son a theatrical career.
70.
After the Ball (1933) as Jack Harrowby
71.
A Woman Commands (1932) as Capt. Alex Pastitsch
72.
Sin Takes a Holiday (1930) as Durant
A stenographer tries to save her boss from his divorcee girlfriend.
73.
The Flirting Widow (1930) as Colonel Smith
A girl creates an imaginary lover to impress her father, but the lie gets in the way of true romance.
74.
A Notorious Affair (1930) as Paul Gherardi
A beautiful noblewoman gives up wealth and society for love of a two-timing musician.
75.
A Lady Surrenders (1930) as Carl Vaudry
A wealthy industrialist's wife gets into a big argument with him; to cool off, she goes on an ocean trip. He thinks she's left him for good, so he marries another woman. When his first wife returns, complications ensue.
76.
This Mad World (1930) as Paul
77.
The Lady of Scandal (1930) as Edward
A nobleman risks his family's wrath by courting an actress.
78.
The Bishop Murder Case (1930) as Philo Vance
Society sleuth Philo Vance investigates a series of murders inspired by Mother Goose rhymes.
79.
The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1929) as Lord Arthur Dilling
A chic jewel thief in England falls in love with one of her marks.
80.
The Great Deception (1926) as Rizzio
81.
The Masked Bride (1925) as Antoine
82.
Trouping With Ellen (1924) as Tony Winterslip

Cast (special)

83.
Victoria Regina (1961) as Disraeli
A series of vignettes that traces the life of Queen Victoria, from eighteen-year-old princess to Queen of England and Empress of India.
84.
Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates (1958) as Dr Boekman
The story of a young boy and his efforts to compete in a local ice skating competition -- despite the fact that his family is poor and he must share a pair of wooden skates with his sister.
85.
Lark, The (1957) as Inquisitor
An adaptation of Jean Anouilh's play about Joan of Arc, the young girl who led the French to victory against the English in the Hundred Years' War, only to be tried for heresy and witchcraft by the Inquisition and burned at the stake.
86.
Svengali and the Blonde (1955) as Svengali
The story of a beautiful artist's model (Trilby) who is transformed into a great singer by Svengali, a musical genius who possesses strange hypnotic powers. Based on the 1894 romance novel "Trilby" by George du Maurier. "Trilby" was first seen as a segment of "Studio One" (CBS, September 11, 1950)
87.
Christmas Carol, A (1954) as Marley
A musical version of the Charles Dickens story in which the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge comes to see his faults one Christmas Eve.

Cast (short)


Misc. Crew (short)

89.
Basil Rathbone (1962)
This short film, part of the Hollywood Hist-o-Rama series, offers a brief biography of Basil Rathbone.

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