Well, here it is – The Baz’s Last Bow as Holmes. Filmed in early 1946. After completing it he would refuse to renew both his radio and his Universal contracts, tarnish his long friendship with Nigel Bruce (who, according to his daughter didn’t like “the way it was done” and blamed Basil’s wife). He’d up sticks and flee Hollywood for New York. The following year he’d star in THE HEIRESS on Broadway and win the Tony for Best Actor.
He wouldn’t make another movie for eight years. And that would be CASANOVA’S BIG NIGHT a venture I suspect this patrician gent undertook for the money alone.
Why, exactly, did he take such a massively extreme step? Did he really feel the need to pull the plug on his entire movie career just to rid himself of Sherlock Holmes? Or did he feel as if Holmes had already wrecked him for other movie parts anyway? If he’d stayed in Hollywood would he have been offered work, or would he have languished? Was the ‘curse’ of Holmes a real thing, or mostly his imagination?
I think I might be looking at these and other questions in later posts. This wasn’t supposed to be a serious or biographical blog, but TBH Rathbone’s biography – or lack of one – is starting to bug me and I want to find some answers that seem kind of elusive at this point.
But for now – here’s DRESSED TO KILL….
Enjoy, or wail and gnash teeth, as you see fit.