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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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References Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original Sherlock Holmes story, "The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual".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 »
Alfred Brunton:I love things that have no meaning.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Mrs. Miniver (1942)See more »


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Very good, 31 July 2013
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

Not quite Hound of the Baskervilles, Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Scarlet Claw, but definitely an improvement on the three wartime films before it. Sherlock Holmes Faces Death is perhaps too short with some of Lestrade's antics not being as funny as they could've been and the out-of-place and painfully contrived ending speech that could have been easily scrapped. It is very well filmed and directed though, with a great setting, wonderfully moody lighting and a creepy atmosphere. The music is jaunty and atmospheric, and the dialogue has a good balance of humour and provoking thought. The story- with welcome touches of The Musgrave Ritual- is paced well, keeps your attention all the way through and is suspenseful though there are a few instances where it's a little messy. The perpetrator's identity isn't a difficult-to-work-out one but how Holmes figures it out and the confrontation are fun to watch, the idea for Holmes to treat and use the suspects like giant chess pieces is a great touch and comes off splendidly and the clock's chiming is genuinely ominous. The acting is good, an even more authoritative Basil Rathbone is great as always, Dennis Hoey is amusing and Nigel Bruce while not as loyal and composed as you imagine Watson to be(though actually less of the bumbling, blustering idiot that he can be) does an amiable job too. In conclusion, a very good Sherlock Holmes outing. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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