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Basil Rathbone in The Adventures of Robin Hood

Basil Rathbone (1892 - 1967)

Film DeathsEdit

  • Captain Blood (1935) [Lavesseur]: Stabbed through both Lungs in a sword fight with Errol Flynn on the beach of the Isle of Virgen Magra.
  • Last Days of Pompeii (1935) [Pontius Pilate]: presumably got killed (off-screen) when the volcano erupted (hard to tell where he was).
  • A Tale of Two Cities (1935) [Marquis de St. Evremonde]: Stabbed to death in his sleep by Fritz Leiber.
  • Love from a Stranger (A Night of Terror) (1937) [Gerald Lovell]: Dies of a heart attack from fright, after Ann Harding makes him believe he's poisoned him.
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) [Sir Guy of Gasborne]: Stabbed in the stomach during a sword fight with Errol Flynn, then falls from the castle parapet.
  • The Mark of Zorro (1940) [Captain Esteban Pasquale]: Stabbed in the chest in a sword fight with Tyrone Power. (Thanks to Elizabeth)
  • The Court Jester (1955) [Sir Ravenhurst]: Drowned when he got flung in the air on a catapult by Glynis Johns, while basil was fighting Danny Kaye.
  • The Black Sleep (Dr. Cadman's Secret) (1956) [Sir Joel Cadman]: Falls to his death, along with Louanna Gardner, when he falls from a staircase while backing away from his test subjects and carrying Louanna in his arms.
  • The Magic Sword (The Seven Curses of Lordac; St. George and the Dragon) (1962) [Lodac]: Clawed to death by Estelle Winwood after she transforms into a cougar atop his castle carpet.
  • Tales of Terror (Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Terror) (1962) [Carmichael]: Dies of a heart attack from fright after a decomposing Vincent Price (whom basil had hypnotized into remaining in an "in-between" state at the point of death) rises from his deathbed to protect Debra Paget from Basil's assault.
  • The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966) [Reginald Ripper]: Killed in an explosion by a backfiring antique pistol when Susan Hart's ghost blocks the barrel just as Basil is about to shoot Tommy Kirk and Deborah Walley. He is shown as a cartoon angel on a cloud afterwards. (Played for comic effect, obviously)

TV DeathsEdit

  • A Christmas Carol (1954 TV) [Jacob Marley]: Dies (off-screen) before the story begins, appearing to Fredric March as a ghost. (I haven't seen this version myself, but we all know the story).
  • General Motors Presents: Billy Budd (1955) [Claggart]: Killed with a single blow to the head by William Shatner.

Noteworthy ConnectionsEdit

  • Mr. Oudia Bergere (screenwriter).

Gallery Edit

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