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Happy Baz Day

The Baz Posted by Neve on Jun 13, 2014

Yes, it’s Basil Rathbone’s 122nd birthday! So here’s a reminder of why he was and always will be the GREAT BAZ…… Happy Bday Mr Rathbone read more
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Basil Rathbone: the reluctant Sherlock

The Baz Posted by Neve on Jun 8, 2014

The Baz as Sherlock is the focus of a new piece on I HEAR OF SHERLOCK EVERYWHERE, and there’s even a few choice words of epic wisdom fro yours truly. :D. So hurry and visit…. http://www.ihearofsherlock.com/2014/06/basil-rathbone-re read more
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Sunday Pic #16

The Baz Posted by Neve on Jun 1, 2014

Marcia has suggested I post this and see if any of the fans out there has suggestions and answers. So….. Is the Basil?….. I mean the guy on the right, not one of the people wearing hats. The photo is being sold here, and has this desc read more
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Sunday Pic #15

The Baz Posted by Neve on May 11, 2014

Hi all. Yes, I am still here. Reading all your comments and appreciating the photos etc being sent in. Things have taken a turn on Friday and I’ve finally got a bit more leisure. So – Sunday Pic! Thought I’d start with a lovely thin read more
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“Fight Your Husband & Win Success!” – 1922

The Baz Posted by Neve on Mar 18, 2014

This article first appeared in THE DANVILLE BEE, JULY 20 1922. Ouida Bergere was married to her second (or third) husband, George FitzMaurice. Click on pdf button to download a copy of the original article Well, those who have been following th read more
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Cynthia at Hockaday – by David Leddick

The Baz Posted by Neve on Jan 20, 2014

Ok, so in the first real post of 2014, we’re looking at the brief memoir of Cynthia Rathbone given to us by David Leddick her friend and colleague at Hockaday Associates. Answering some of our questions, though also adding several more, read more
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Happy New Year

The Baz Posted by Neve on Dec 31, 2013

The blog has been quiet lately. Sorry guys, I’ve been sick and all alone except for the cat. I missed a blogathon. Bad blogging person. But here are some stats. The Baz had around 70,000 visitors this year, from 106 countries! Average of around read more
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OUIDA’S SHERLOCK HITS THE PRESSES…

The Baz Posted by Neve on Dec 11, 2013

Just a quick post to tell you all the Baker Street Journal sent out a reminder today that people have until Saturday to sign up for their Christmas edition which features the text of Ouida’s ill-fated 1953 stage play, SHERLOCK HOLMES.So go alon read more
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Pre-Code Rathbone

The Baz Posted by Neve on Dec 6, 2013

An occasional series giving you a chance to see and discuss some of BR’s pre-1934 talking films. The period in filmmaking known as “pre-code” because it predates the enforcement of the highly constraining Motion Picture Production read more
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Sunday Pic #14

The Baz Posted by Neve on Dec 1, 2013

Marcia has suggested this pic, partly because of its prettiness and partly on the off chance anyone can tell us anything about its origin. The dedication reads “to Sophie, thank you for your beautiful work. Basil Rathbone/Christmas 1929“ read more
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Friends & Co-stars: Conrad Veidt

The Baz Posted by Neve on Nov 26, 2013

Conrad Veidt 1893-43 This is a re-style of an earlier post (hence the 45 already extant comments). It’s being re-issued and extended as the first of an occasional series I’ll be doing about the people in Basil’s life who wer read more
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Sunday Pic #13

The Baz Posted by Neve on Nov 24, 2013

Baz as Sherlock in THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES…

terrific caps from Fiction for Life. About these ads Share this:MoreLike this:Like Loading... read more
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Auction Madness…

The Baz Posted by Neve on Nov 23, 2013

Slightly less than two years after the reading at the White House, Rathbone contacted the auctioneer/”entrepreneur and graphologist,” Charles Hamilton with the purpose of selling the three letters Jackie Kennedy had written him. In h read more
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JFK, Jackie and the St Crispin Speech

The Baz Posted by Neve on Nov 22, 2013

The fiftieth anniversary of the still much questioned and debated assassination of JFK seems like a fitting moment to look at the story of Basil Rathbone’s own brief brush with the Camelot presidency, and the letters written to him by Jackie K read more
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The Week(ly) Links

The Baz Posted by Neve on Nov 17, 2013

So, inspired by the example of other and better bloggers, I thought I’d start a weekly (more or less) list of noteworthy Baz-related links.

CANADIAN CINEPHILE has a review of The Adventures Of Robin Hood http://canadiancinephile.com/20 read more
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Sunday Pic #12: two lost films

The Baz Posted by Neve on Nov 17, 2013

Two beguiling and intriguing shots from two lost or very hard to find movies. The first is from THE GREAT DECEPTION (1926), wherein BR essays one of his first ever villain roles, viz. “Rizzio”, the nasty German agent who nearly gets the read more
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Cynthia…?

The Baz Posted by Neve on Nov 12, 2013

Judging from the search terms that hit this blog and the steady trickle of emails I get on the subject, there is a fair amount of curiosity and/or puzzlement amongst Rathbone fans regarding the life and tragically early death of his adopted daug read more
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Armistice Day 2013

The Baz Posted by Neve on Nov 10, 2013

Last year we marked Armistice Day (Veterans’ Day in the USA) with an interview with Richard Van Emden, author of Famous 1914-18. This year we are looking at some of Rathbone’s own words about his experience of war.

For those of you w read more
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“The Real Basil Rathbone”

The Baz Posted by Neve on Nov 8, 2013

Well, it seems Alyssia has a fan… http://boswelling.wordpress.com/2013/10/07/the-real-basil-rathbone/ “…I just wanted to say, my faith in humanity has been somewhat restored. The fantastic AlyssiaBasilOne has created a blog called read more
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“An Amiable Icicle” – 1929

The Baz Posted by Neve on Nov 8, 2013

This article first appeared in MOTION PICTURE CLASSIC, August 1929. Rathbone was at that time poised to become one of the new generation of talking picture stars imported from Broadway. Click on pdf button to download a copy of the original art read more
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Continuing…

The Baz Posted by Neve on Nov 7, 2013

Having published the X transcript and letters, I think I want to continue making available as much source info as possible. So from now on I’ll be dipping in to the Rathbone database and (with Marcia’s permission) posting anything that l read more
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Letters to Madame X c.1940 – 1963

The Baz Posted by Neve on Nov 3, 2013

These are all the letters we currently have that were allegedly written by Rathbone to “Madame X” between c. 1940 and 1963. They’re numbered as they were when received by us. Nos. 13, 15 and 16 are currently missing. We’ve onl read more
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Gallery

The Baz Posted by Neve on Nov 2, 2013

This is a place to find most of the images uploaded on The Baz, from caps and stills to fan art and some of the bespoke artwork done for the blog. It’s eclectic and far from organised and even further from complete. For all of that you have to read more
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In & Out of Character: an attempt at analysis

The Baz Posted by Neve on Oct 29, 2013

A series of articles examining aspects of Rathbone’s puzzlingly oblique and incomplete autobiography. PART I Here I’m going to start digging more into the detail of what he says, and what he might reveal – intentionally and unintentionally read more
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The Madame X Interview

The Baz Posted by Neve on Oct 28, 2013

Interview with “Madame X” the unnamed actress with whom Rathbone was  allegedly closely involved between 1941-46 Please note this material is copyright protected and reproduced with permission of the owner. It cannot be duplicated without read more
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A Closer Look at the 2nd Mrs Rathbone

The Baz Posted by Neve on Oct 28, 2013

A series of articles about Ouida Bergere (as she called herself), Basil Rathbone’s second wife, whose extravagance bankrupted him and whose lifestory may have been more invention than reality. PART I When you read Basil’s autobiography you get read more
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Rathbone as Sherlock

The Baz Posted by Neve on Aug 28, 2013

Go HERE for all the Sherlock-related posts on this blog It’s as Sherlock Holmes that Rathbone became iconic, and, however much he might have deplored it, it’s as Sherlock Holmes that many learned to love him. So, it only seems right read more
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Du Maurier on Rathbone

The Baz Posted by Neve on Jun 3, 2013

Daphne du Maurier remembers her crush on BR. In later years she based the Frenchman in FRENCHMAN”S CREEK on his portrayal of Levasseur in CAPTAIN BLOOD (1935) (once you know that and watch the movie again it is SO obvious). She also allegedly w read more
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Best Comments #2 – HRD on Ouida

The Baz Posted by Neve on May 31, 2013

The reader known as “HRD” has commented a few times over the months. She claims to have known Basil and Ouida slightly and Basil’s son very well, and she paints a picture of Ouida that is far from flattering. I have no clue who HRD read more
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Best Comments 2012-2013 #1

The Baz Posted by Neve on May 27, 2013

There have been some terrifically insightful discussions on THE BAZ over the last year, and some great individual comments. I think they can tend to get lost in the crush of the comments section, which is not the best layout for following a discussio read more
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