Sherlock Holmes at Universal Pictures (ebook)

SHERLOCK HOLMES & THE FABULOUS FACES: THE UNIVERSAL PICTURES REPERTORY COMPANY by Michael A. Hoey

Film historian Leonard Maltin has defined the character actors who appeared in films of the 1930s and 1940s as “Hollywood’s Real Stars.”

Roy William Neill, who directed nearly all of the Sherlock Holmes mystery-adventures of the 1940s that starred Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, had a repertory company of character actors and actresses whom he liked to use.

Rediscover those men and women, whose names appeared in small print below the stars, and who graced hundreds of films with their diversified performances. More often than not, these films, be they star-studded spectacles or poverty row quickies, were much the better for their presence.

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