Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Two Holmes' in one movie!

A lot of times when watching older movies I will read the list of co-starring actors and see if any of those listed became famous in other roles. My wife hates that I then tell her these little bits of trivia. (But then again my wife hates the bagpipes.) She is also trying to get my daughter to hate that I do that. My daughter is holding out.

But I digress.

While watching the Rathbone/Bruce film, "Dressed to Kill" (1946) I noticed the name Holmes Herbert. (1882-1956).
An English born actor who never made a film in his home country, but played a supporting role in many American made films with notable English Actors. And as you can see from the list, he was in several films with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce.

The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Charge of the Light Brigade, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes as well as Dressed to Kill. And The Pearl of Death. (And the list goes on with other of the Holmes movies and other Rathbone films. Holmes Herbert IMDb).

A couple of years ago, one of the hosts of the Academy Awards, got in a little trouble for commenting on the fact that at that time it seemed Jude Law was in just about everything that came out that year.
If you look back at some of these old character actors, the same would seem to be the case.

We can not however blame his mother for choosing the name because she loved the works of Doyle. He was born before STUD.

But it just goes to show you can never have too many Holmes'.
Right Brad?


  1. While this 'Holmes' trivia is interesting, your post has made me curious about 'Dressed to Kill.' I've heard about it many times but have just never come down to watching it. Your post however (somehow, in some inscrutable way) inspired me to 'research' this movie - and now I've ranked it first on my 'movies to watch' list. Which means I'm going to watch it today.

    Thanks for the idea (And sorry for going along a completely new tangent!)

    What I whole-heartedly agree with though is: "...you can never have too many Holmes'."

    1. I just finished it last night and I ended up enjoying it more than I thought I would.
      Rathbone really deserved better material, but that was just a sign of the times.