USA Today - 11/07/2003
"Universal's Basil Rathbone-Nigel Bruce Holmes series delighted over and over on early-'60s TV."
Sight and Sound - 12/01/2003
"This Macguffin affair charms and baits the viewer with a few scenes worthy of Hitchcock."
Description by OLDIES.com:
The master detective Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) and his faithful cohort are back, preserved and digitally restored in 35mm to original condition by the UCLA Film and Television Archive. This newly restored version of the classic film includes the period war bond tag, studio logo and credits from its original theatrical release. Filled with ominous shadows and interesting camera angles, the visual beauty of the film in 35mm is stunning.
A British secret service operative, carrying top-secret microfilm from England to Washington, disappears while traveling to his destination. Fearing for his safety just before his disappearance, he passes the microfilm, ingeniously hidden, to another passenger on the train without her knowing. The agent is reported missing and Sherlock Holmes is called in to investigate.
Filmed during World War II, Sherlock Holmes In Washington pits Holmes and Watson against Nazi enemy agents. The British government asks Holmes and Watson to go to Washington to recove the missing documents before they fall into the wrong hands, which would be disastrous for England and her allies. Holmes is up against an international ring of spies in a race against time to piece together the clues and discover the whereabouts of the microfilm before it is too late.
Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) tries to recover a top-secret document microfilmed and hidden in a matchbook by a British secret service agent en route to Washington, D.C. The agent is reported missing, and the matchbook has been passed to another passenger on the train without her knowing. The British government asks Holmes and Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) to go to Washington and find the microfilm before it falls into the hands of the Nazis. Set during World War II, this is another of the Holmes mysteries to transplant the master sleuth from Victorian crime scenes to the wartime world of international espionage.
World War II