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Bertram Millhauser (screenplay)
Arthur Conan Doyle (story)
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Release Date:
17 September 1943 (USA) See more »
THEIR NEWEST AND GREATEST ADVENTURE! (original poster-all caps) See more »
During WWII several murders occur at a convalescent home where Dr. Watson has volunteered his services... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (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)
Crew verified as complete

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68 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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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The sixth of 14 films based on Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional consulting detective Sherlock Holmes starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson.See more »
Continuity: The head on Holmes' incredibly quickly-pulled bitter at The Rat and the Raven varies considerably from shot to shot - and the pint seems to be mainly foam, which any pub drinker would ask to be topped up.See more »
Sherlock Holmes:Not your child, Watson!See more »
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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Into The Shadows, 7 November 2004
Author: Ron Oliver ( from Forest Ranch, CA

SHERLOCK HOLMES FACES DEATH while stalking an egomaniacal murderer in an ancient English manor house.

Basil Rathbone & Nigel Bruce return again as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's beloved creations, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. This time they become involved in an Old Dark House murder mystery, investigating crimes at the decrepit stately home-turned-convalescent hospital where Watson is looking after four officer patients. The film is fun, including elements such as a hidden crypt, a bloodthirsty raven and an antique ritual of the beleaguered Musgrave family intertwined with an unusual chess game. There is perhaps a bit too much plot--the old clock tower that strikes 13 is never explained--but this never gets in the way of enjoying the picture.

To say that Rathbone & Bruce remain perfect in their roles is but to state the obvious; by this point in the series the old pros were working together like the gears in an antique clock. They are given fine support by elderly Halliwell Hobbes as the manor's eccentric butler and Minna Phillips in the role of the Musgrave's sinister housekeeper. Dennis Hoey is back as the dogged, but inept, Lestrade of Scotland Yard. Milburn Stone has a minor part as an American captain suspected of being the killer.

Other small roles handled well are essayed by Frederick Worlock, Gavin Muir & Hillary Brooke as the unfortunate Musgraves; Gerald Hamer, Vernon Downing & Olaf Hytten as the invalided officers; and Arthur Margetson as Watson's hospital assistant.

Movie mavens will recognize Norma Varden as the barmaid at The Rat and Raven; seaman Peter Lawford as one of her clientele; and dear Mary Gordon making her brief obligatory appearance as Mrs. Hudson, all uncredited.

Based very loosely on Conan Doyle's short story The Musgrave Ritual, the film follows SHERLOCK HOLMES IN WASHINGTON (1943) and precedes SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SPIDER WOMAN (1944).

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