The foil of Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) makes himself a nuisance in “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.” If murder to tease his nemesis is the motive of Professor Moriarty (George Zucco), he is successful. A woman in distress (Ida Lupino) visits the master detective to reveal her fears of being murdered. Indeed, her brother’s strange murder with a bolo intrigues Holmes, but the clues are a means to keep Holmes preoccupied while a larger crime, the theft of the Crown Jewels is planned. Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) comes along for the observations he can offer while the two chase Moriarty around gaslight London of 1890. As the most diabolical and clever criminal in the annals of crime, Moriarty knows Holmes is more than a match and seems to relish having their battle. It may be a crime with a motive of personal mischief toward Holmes rather than actual malice toward society.