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Sherlock Homes: The Secret Weapon

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Sherlock Holmes: The Secret Weapon Though the intro title claims the film is based on the Arthur Conan Doyle story "The Dancing Men" (also known as "The Adventure of the Dancing Men"), "The Secret Weapon" (1943) presents a whole new storyline, borrowing only the device in which drawings of dancing men carry coded messages. In it, Sherlock Holmes thwarts Nazi forces and his arch-enemy, Professor Moriarty, who aim to grasps the secret invention of a Swiss scientist, Dr. Franz Tobel, that might settles World War II in favor of whichever side has it.

Once again, Watson is an invaluable partner. Though he bumbles into being a hypnotist's exhibit, he's the one who gets Holmes to reconsider his approach to the code and rushes in with the bobbies at the critical moment. 

Basil Rathbone was an award-winning actor whose acting talent and patrician good looks suited a range of roles from Shakespeare's Romeo to debonair villains such as Guy of Gisborne. His most indelible role, however, was as Holmes. In 1887, the Scottish author Arthur Conan Doyle introduced the character Sherlock Holmes to the world in the novel "A Study in Scarlet." Holmes proved a durable hero, not only for 55 more novels and stories by Doyle, but for more than a century's worth of entertainment.

Dr. Erin Bigler
University of Utah researchers Carolyn Stwertka, Jessica Liptak and Kimberly Smith discuss computer coding, collaboration in science and the partnership between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

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