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Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943)

Passed  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Romance  |  17 September 1943 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Sally Musgrave
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Alfred Brunton
Minna Phillips ...
Mrs. Howells aka Mrs. Brunton
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Phillip Musgrave
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Maj. Langford
Vernon Downing ...
Lt. Clavering
Olaf Hytten ...
Capt. MacIntosh
Frederick Worlock ...
Geoffrey Musgrave (as Frederic Worlock)
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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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References Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original Sherlock Holmes story, "The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual". See more »

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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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Dr. John H. Watson: We thought you were taking an awful risk.
Sherlock Holmes: Well, we had to have a confession. And these egomaniacs are always so much more chatty when they feel they have the upper hand.
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Messy plot but still enjoyable
25 December 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When serving as doctor at a medical rest home at Musgrave Manor, Watson's assistant is stabbed and strange things seem to be stirring in the Manor. Watson goes to London to bring back Holmes to help but arrive after a murder has occurred and Scotland Yard is already on site. Holmes investigates the crime which looks to be part of a series of murders that may be related to an old secret of the Musgrave family.

The title suggests a dramatic film that threatens our very hero himself and, towards the end, this is the case. However for the majority of the film the plot stops any real sense of excitement building up. It is more than a clear detective story and instead is far too mixed up in itself to really flow. That's not to say it doesn't all come together at the end, but I did feel like I'd been let in on very little up till that point.

Rathbone is good at making even ordinary confrontations come off as dramatic and he keeps the film moving along well with this. Bruce is funny and isn't put down as much as in other films plus here he is not the lowest of the low as Hoey makes a welcome appearance as the ever-amusing Lastrade. Of the support cast (or suspects) none really stand out or make a lasting impression but they do well enough.

The film has a good conclusion that involves a nice little bit of trickery on the part of Holmes, but it is let down a little by a little speech from Holmes about `looking out for others' and moving past the old days of greed that, although designed to be a post-WWII message, really is a bit flat and obvious now.


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