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Hollywood Tours 1937

The Baz Posted by Neve on Feb 11, 2015

Marcia Jessen from has very kindly sent The Baz these wonderful pdfs of articles advertising “Hollywood Tours.” Interesting to us mainly because amongst the delights offered the lucky tourists is a “cocktail party at Basil Rathbone’s home!” But almost as interesting is the read more

Young Sherlock

The Baz Posted by Neve on Jan 8, 2015

Basil Rathbone, aged c.18? Presumably at Repton? read more

Young Sherlock

The Baz Posted by Neve on Jan 8, 2015

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The Baz Posted by Neve on Jan 4, 2015

There is a wonderful and fantastically in-depth new review of RHYTHM ONTHE RIVER on read more

New Year & New Look Blog

The Baz Posted by Neve on Dec 31, 2014

Hello all. I’m the new co-admin of The Baz. And this is the new magazine-style layout, which I hope you like. It’s designed to showcase a good range of the fantastic array of material here. If you scroll down the front page you’ll find several new sections, full of various goodies. So far we read more

Rathbone as Sherlock

The Baz Posted by Neve on Aug 28, 2014

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 we have a Sherlock page here. As most BR fans and movie read more

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

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…. read more

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 description: “8h824 STAGE DOOR candid 8×10 read more

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 thing that Marcia linked to in a comment. The owner of read more

“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 the eventful career of Basil’s second wife, th read more

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, David tells us Cynthia died of “drink and d read more

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 6,000 per month. 200 per day. That’s pretty read more


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 along and order a copy and discover whether it really read more

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 Code in 1934. This code had actually been put on t read more

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“. B is obviously in some kind of costume, but for read more

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 weren’t family, lovers or wives. People he work read more

Sunday Pic #13

The Baz Posted by Neve on Nov 24, 2013


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

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 his book AUCTION MADNESS, Hamilton preserved his re read more

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 Kennedy, described as “perhaps the most excit read more