This is a page of the most frequently asked questions that folks have e-mailed me. If you don't find the answer to your question below, feel free to contact me.

Where can I find a videotape or DVD of "The Hound of the Baskervilles" (or "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes," or other films from the Rathbone/Bruce Sherlock Holmes series)?
  MPI Home Video has released all 14 of the Universal Sherlock Holmes films on DVD and VHS in 2003 and 2004. The 12 Universal films have been restored by UCLA Film and Television Archive (with financing from Hugh Hefner). Richard Valley of Scarlet Street Magazine has written the liner notes for the DVDs, and David Stuart Davies (author of Starring Sherlock Holmes, Titan Books, 2001) provided an audio commentary.
Special Alert concerning DVDs of Sherlock Holmes films:
All 14 films in the series were released on REGION 1 DVDs late in 2003 and early in 2004. The films have been digitally remastered, so the quality is better than ANY of the tapes or DVDs previously available.
The digitally restored films have been released by MPI Home Video. If you are looking at a cheap DVD produced by another company, don't waste your money!

The films were released individually and in box sets. They are available to order at and Movies Unlimited :

Sherlock Holmes Collection Vol. 1 (released: October 28, 2003):
  1. Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror
  2. Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon
  3. Sherlock Holmes in Washington
  4. Sherlock Holmes Faces Death

Bonus features: commentary by David Stuart Davies, original movie posters, photo gallery

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Sherlock Holmes Collection Vol. 2 (released: November 25, 2003):
  1. Sherlock Holmes and the Spider Woman
  2. The Scarlet Claw
  3. The Pearl of Death
  4. The House of  Fear

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Sherlock Holmes Collection Vol. 3 (released: January 27, 2004):
  1. The Woman in Green
  2. Pursuit to Algiers
  3. Terror By Night
  4. Dressed to Kill

Order at or Movies Unlimited.

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Buy a DVD player (if you haven't already), and then buy the new MPI DVDs!

Where can I find a videotape or DVD of “The Stingiest Man in Town”?

After many years "The Stingiest Man in Town" is finally available on DVD.  Click here to order The Stingiest Man in Town from Amazon.


Are any of the Sherlock Holmes radio programs which ran from 1939 to 1944 available on audiocassette tape or CD?
  Most of the radio shows which have survived are from 1945-1946. Most of these are available to purchase on audiotape at Amazon or Choices Direct (while supplies last) or on eBay. I've only seen a few episodes from the earlier years on some records that were released in the 1970s.  Will any of the earlier episodes ever turn up? Who knows? Most of the episodes from 1945-1946 were not known to exist until they were discovered in someone's attic in the 1980s. Someday someone may find tapes of episodes from the earlier years.


The TV Guide Movie Database lists Disney's "The Great Mouse Detective" as one of Basil Rathbone's films, yet you don't list it on your Films page. Why not?
  Since Basil Rathbone died in 1967, I think it's a stretch to include a film from 1986 among Rathbone's films. In "The Great Mouse Detective" the character of Sherlock Holmes has a cameo appearance, and the film cleverly featured Basil Rathbone's voice from the record "The Red-Headed League."


Where can I find videotapes or DVDs of Rathbone's films that are out-of-print, or TV shows that he was on?
  Most tapes and DVDs that are out-of-print are not readily available in stores, or from online retailers. But there are many places that sell used, rare, and hard-to find videos and DVDs. You just need to search for them and ask if they have what you are looking for. Amazon sells used items through their Marketplace. And of course there's eBay, where you can find all sorts of unusual items. Enterprising Rathbone fans, who have videotaped the rare films and TV shows that have been broadcast in recent years, sell copies on eBay.



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