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Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943)

During WWII several murders occur at a convalescent home where Dr. Watson has volunteered his services. He summons Holmes for help and the master detective proceeds to solve the crime from ... See full summary »

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Sally Musgrave
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During WWII several murders occur at a convalescent home where Dr. Watson has volunteered his services. He summons Holmes for help and the master detective proceeds to solve the crime from a long list of suspects including the owners of the home, the staff and the patients recovering there. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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THEIR NEWEST AND GREATEST ADVENTURE! (original poster-all caps) See more »


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17 September 1943 (USA)  »

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Gespenster im Schloß  »

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References Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original Sherlock Holmes story, "The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual". See more »

Goofs

When Watson pulls the filing cabinet draw open, he uses the first two fingers of his right hand. When the camera switches so you can read the plaque on the front of the draw, all four fingers are curled around the handle. See more »

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Sherlock Holmes: Not your child, Watson!
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Followed by The Spider Woman (1944) See more »

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Mrs Hudson doesn't like Holmes riddling her plaster with bullets in this one
7 April 2005 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

A nice entry in the Rathbone Holmes film series (6/14), but the one I feel most weak in the plot department. Most of the film appears to be padding of one kind or another, and almost every scene could be analysed and shredded by an expert, leaving a 2-reeler. But as I like this I would only want it an hour longer than it is already!

Ignoring the minor non-sequiteurs and non-explicables, the whole chessboard Ritual unravelling sequence was a colossal waste of time - all Holmes had to do was read the message to realise where to go. Think of how excellent his method of finding the message was in the first place Watson!

Some nicely atmospheric photography, beautiful nitrate-based light and shade contrasts also help, along with the 3 well-delineated if almost OTT hospital in-patients providing unstable character support. Listen to Dr Bob's voice - it's like being transported to the cellar scenes in Robert Newton's Obsession! Well worth while watching.


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