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Rathbone on TCM

Basil Rathbone is currently featured on TCM, and here are some very Baz-centric user reviews of the epic SIN TAKES A HOLIDAY And Frank Miller’s review of the same includes this rather nice para on the Baz that helps reassert his heretofore forgotten stint as matinee idol: Rathbone’s presence has also helped generate the film’s cult status. Before his rise to become one of the screen’s best villains (in films such as 1935’s David Copperfield and Anna Karenina), Rathbone was a matinee idol with a horde of devoted female fans. His first stint in talking films, starting as Norma Shearer’s suave love interest in MGM’s 1929 version of The Last of Mrs. Cheyney, were designed to build on that image. The eight films he made in just over a year present only a hint of what was to come thanks to his casting as society sleuth Philo Vance in The Bishop Murder Case (1930), a chance to do detective work long before he became the movies’ most famous Sherlock Holmes. Sin Takes a Holiday marked …