Well, have you had your fill of Rankin-Bass specials, football, and holidays that need saving? If so, we have just the antidote for you–provided you know the answer to today’s trivia question!
What special detective-oriented skill did Basil Rathbone share with Sherlock Holmes?
Get your answer to me privately (blog comment, FB or Twitter direct message), and I’ll choose the winner at random from the correct guesses.*
Today’s winner will receive a 2 DVD set with 4 Sherlock Holmes adventures featuring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce: Dressed to Kill, Terror by Night, Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon, and The Woman in Green. If you’ve never seen a Rathbone/Bruce episode, now’s your chance, and you’ll see why they’ve remained favorites for over 60 years. Please note, however, that this is a Region 1 DVD, and you will need a Region 1 or All-Region DVD Player.
The answer to yesterday’s question could be found in “The Blue Carbuncle,” either the Canon or the film versions. According to Holmes, he was able to deduce that Henry Baker did not have gas in his house because he had at least five wax splotches on his hat, which he most likely obtained by holding “his hat in one hand and a guttering candle in the other.” Of course, if Mrs. Baker still loved her husband, Holmes wouldn’t have known this domestic detail.
Several people submitted this answer, and John F.’s name was drawn from the basket. Congratulations! Please message me your address, and I’ll send you your photo of Jeremy Brett!
*Yes, we know you never guess. We should be shocked if you did.
5 responses to “Twelfth Night Giveaway: Day 3”
He was a master of disguise.
Worded as a spy in WW1 and undercover scouting the enemy.
12th Night Giveaway, Day 3!
Today’s Question is–Which detective-related skill did Basil Rathbone share with Sherlock Holmes?
Answer: a penchant for disguise
According to the great and powerful Wikipedia, Rathbone, like Holmes “displayed a penchant for disguise” which he put to good use as an intelligence officer during WWI. As I have most of those films on DVD, please leave my name out of the grab-hat for 12thNG.03. (I see you put names in a basket, but I am going to stick to my mental picture of an upturned deerstalker.)
Basil Rathbone was a master of disguise during WWI.