Sunday, March 06, 2005

Egad, Holmes! To Jail? - New York Times

Q. You recently wrote that the literary Sherlock Holmes had never been to New York. But wasn't his great portrayer, Basil Rathbone, once arrested in New York

A. He certainly was, on an indecency charge, no less, along with his fellow cast members of "The Captive," when the police shut down that play in 1927.

It was the era of Prohibition, and the administration of the ethically dubious Mayor Jimmy Walker was eager to deflect complaints about bootlegging and bribery by showing it was cracking down on corruption. So the police took it out on Broadway, in a series of raids on "corrupt" productions...