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Sherlock Holmes Faces Death
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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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Mrs Hudson doesn't like Holmes riddling her plaster with bullets in this one 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)
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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Runtime:
68 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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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Trivia:
References Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original Sherlock Holmes story, The Musgrave Ritual.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The land grant / crown grant that was given to the Musgraves by a King Henry, lists King Henry as being King of "Great Britain, France Scotland and Ireland." This is in error, since there have been only "8" King Henry's in England's history, the last being "Henry VIII" in the 16th century. England didn't become part of "Great Britain" until 1707, with the "Act of Union" passed under Queen Anne. This occurred 160 years after Henry VIII's death. There is also some doubt regarding the use of "France", since France oftentimes either wasn't a united country or existed side-by-side with England, thus making for confusion. The English king in question, would likely have referred not to "France" as part of his kingdom, but to which territories (such as Normandy) he controlled.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. John H. Watson:Simple reasoning; a child could do it.
Sherlock Holmes:Not your child, Watson.
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Mrs Hudson doesn't like Holmes riddling her plaster with bullets in this one, 7 April 2005
Author: Gary170459 from Derby, UK

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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