Once a Holmes, Always a Holmes
Basil Rathbone became one of the most recognized Sherlock Holmes actors
of all time, starring in more than a dozen Holmes films and radio programs. However, after a few years he became impatient with fans asking him for Sherlock
Holmes' autograph rather than his own. In 1946 when his radio and film contracts had expired, he chose not to re-sign, hoping to remove the typecast
image of Sherlock Holmes. But the Holmes image was difficult to shake, and
later he yielded to requests to appear in character on "The Bob Hope Show"
and "The Milton Berle Show." Then, in 1950, he donned the familiar cap and
cape and starred in the play Sherlock Holmes written by his wife Ouida.
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