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Danny Kaye, Basil Rathbone

Basil Rathbone [4]


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Born:June 13, 1892
Died:July 21, 1967 (75)
Filmography Rating:7.07 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.05 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.53 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:91.00%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
Heartbeat [1946](54) => Professor Aristide
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad [1949](57) => Policeman (voice) / Narrating the Story of Mr. Toad
The Court Jester [1956](64) => Sir Ravenhurst
The Great Mouse Detective [1986](94) => Sherlock Holmes (archive sound) (voice) (uncredited)

Trivia that mentions this person:
The Court Jester [1956]
  • In the famous "snapping" swordfight between Danny Kaye and Basil Rathbone, Kaye's sword movements were too fast for Rathbone, who was 63 at the time. The film's fight choreographer dressed up as Rathbone's character and was filmed from behind for the fast sections. If you look, you can see that most of the fight consists of "Rathbone" from the back, then shots of the real Rathbone standing "en garde".
  • Basil Rathbone was a world-class fencer and it was due to his efforts that the hilarious fencing scene was filmed without injury. He later admitted that several times he was almost skewered by Danny Kaye's sword.
    The Great Mouse Detective [1986]
  • The lines spoken by Sherlock Holmes (voiced by Basil Rathbone) are from the story The Adventure of the Red-Headed League. According to the text of the story, this would mean that the film takes place sometime in the autumn of 1890.