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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)
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During WWII several murders occur at a convalescent home where Dr. Watson has volunteered his services... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Another excellent adventure for detective literature's greatest duo See more (39 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)
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. Hudson
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)

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)
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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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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #9405)

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References Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original Sherlock Holmes story, The Musgrave Ritual.See more »
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Continuity: As Holmes & Watson were tucking into their breakfasts, Watson had his dish and spoon in his hands, then in the next shot, he is to be seen picking his dish and spoon back up again without having put it down.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. John H. Watson:Hurlston? Grim old pile. Very spooky.
Sherlock Holmes:Don't tell me that you met a ghost?
Dr. John H. Watson:No, not so spooky as that. Ghosts don't stab people in the neck, do they? Or do they?
Sherlock Holmes:Not well-bred ghosts, Watson.
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Another excellent adventure for detective literature's greatest duo, 21 November 2005
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Sherlock Holmes films are always better when they have a horror edge to them - The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Scarlet Claw prove this best - and Sherlock Holmes Faces Death makes another nice entry in the list of Holmes films with a horror slant. The story this time round takes place in a foreboding old house where people are turning up dead. Holmes is brought in to investigate, along with his good friend Dr Watson and Scotland Yard's most inept inspector - the hilarious Lestrade - joins in the fun also. The acting from the central three is great, and they offset each other brilliantly. Rathbone gives another great performance as the brilliant detective of the title, while Nigel Bruce provides some of the more inept moments as Dr Watson; and Dennis Hoey always amuses as Inspector Lestrade. The mystery itself is a little messy at times, and can become a little slim on logic at times; but it all comes together at the end. The ending itself is great as usual for Universal's Holmes series, with the title character thwarting the villain with a combination of intelligence and skill. I would much prefer the movie if it cut off before the ending speech, however – even Watson looked like he was about to fall asleep! The title is perhaps a little over-dramatic for what the film is, and the supporting cast can be a little drab at times; and although this isn't one of the absolute best Sherlock Holmes films, it's certainly a very worthy entry in the series and comes with high recommendations.

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