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Writers:
Bertram Millhauser (screenplay)
Arthur Conan Doyle (story)
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Release Date:
17 September 1943 (USA) See more »
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THEIR NEWEST AND GREATEST ADVENTURE! (original poster-all caps)
Plot:
During WWII several murders occur at a convalescent home where Dr. Watson has volunteered his services... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Messy plot but still enjoyable See more (41 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Basil Rathbone ... Sherlock Holmes

Nigel Bruce ... Doctor Watson
Dennis Hoey ... Inspector Lestrade
Arthur Margetson ... Dr. Bob Sexton
Hillary Brooke ... Sally Musgrave
Halliwell Hobbes ... Alfred Brunton
Minna Phillips ... Mrs. Howells aka Mrs. Brunton

Milburn Stone ... Capt. Pat Vickery
Gavin Muir ... Phillip Musgrave
Gerald Hamer ... Maj. Langford
Vernon Downing ... Lt. Clavering
Olaf Hytten ... Capt. MacIntosh
Frederick Worlock ... Geoffrey Musgrave (as Frederic Worlock)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Martin Ashe ... Slinking Figure (uncredited)
Joan Blair ... Nora, Maid (uncredited)
Charles Coleman ... Constable (uncredited)
Harold De Becker ... Pub Proprietor (uncredited)
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. Hudson (uncredited)

Peter Lawford ... Young Sailor at Bar (uncredited)
Dick Rush ... Constable (uncredited)
Eric Snowden ... Sailor Trying to Play Piano (uncredited)

Norma Varden ... Gracie, Barmaid (uncredited)
Heather Wilde ... Jenny, Maid (uncredited)

Directed by
Roy William Neill 
 
Writing credits
Bertram Millhauser (screenplay)

Arthur Conan Doyle (story) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

Produced by
Roy William Neill .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Charles Van Enger (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Fred R. Feitshans Jr.  (as Fred Feitshans)
 
Art Direction by
John B. Goodman 
Harold H. MacArthur  (as Harold McArthur)
 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman  (as R.A. Gausman)
Edward R. Robinson  (as E.R. Robinson)
 
Costume Design by
Vera West (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Melville Shyer .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bernard B. Brown .... sound director
Paul Neal .... sound technician
Edwin Wetzel .... sound (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Hans J. Salter .... musical director (as H.J. Salter)
Frank Skinner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
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68 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-7 (2013) | Finland:K-16 (1946) | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #9405)

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Trivia:
The sixth of fourteen films based on Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional consulting detective Sherlock Holmes starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Doctor Watson.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Just after the butler finishes telling Watson about the flighty girl's description of a ghost she alleged to have seen, the camera angles switch, making Watson reach for his open book on his desk twice.See more »
Quotes:
Sherlock Holmes:There's a new spirit abroad in the land. The old days of grab and greed are on their way out. We're beginning to think of what we *owe* the other fellow, not just what we're compelled to give him. The time is coming, Watson, when we cannot fill our bellies in comfort while the other fellow goes hungry...
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References Mrs. Miniver (1942)See more »

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6 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Messy plot but still enjoyable, 25 December 2003
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

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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