During WWI Rathbone served as an intelligence officer and excelled at disguise. Maybe that’s what led him toward the stage? He also was into his home and his family (there were two) and his garden… Here he is pruning a tree in Beverly Hills.

Basil Rathbone pruning garden


  1. George Kaplan

    Basil was fabulous. I never knew that about his espionage work, Vickie. How fascinating. Especially as he would famously play the World’s Greatest Detective, a man with a penchant for disguise.
    It’s rumoured that – two families or no – Mr Rathbone had something in common with another great (if not THE Greatest) screen Sherlock Holmes, Jeremy Brett… Not that there’s anything wrong with that!

  2. Dearest G
    Adore the composition of this photograph.
    It seems almost like a riddle. One of those picture puzzle book that if looked at the right way reveals the location of some hidden treasure.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

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