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The Scarlet Claw (1944)

 -  Crime | Mystery | Thriller  -  26 May 1944 (USA)
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When a gentlewoman is found dead with her throat torn out, the villagers blame a supernatural monster, but Sherlock Holmes, who gets drawn into the case from nearby Quebec, suspects a human murderer.

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While attending a conference in Quebec City, Sherlock Holmes and his good friend Dr. Watson are drawn into a murder investigation in the nearby village of La Mort Rouge. Holmes had received a letter from Lady Penrose asking for his assistance as she feared for her life. It was too late however as she had already been killed by the time he received it. Her throat was torn out and the local villagers are spreading rumors about monsters and evil spirits as being the cause. Holmes doesn't believe any of that and sets out to find the killer. He believes that Lady Penrose's past as an actress may have something to with her death. As others in the village are attacked, Holmes believes the killer is among them, impersonating a local villager as he goes about his business. Written by garykmcd

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Basil Rathbone's last words, drowned out by the music, appear to be "God bless him" (in reference to Winston Churchill). See more »

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When Holmes and Watson rush to Judge Brisson's house when they learn of his murder, they enter the foyer leaving the front door wide open. Holmes goes to close the door in the next slide and the door is barely cracked open. See more »

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Sherlock Holmes: Consider the tragic irony: we've accepted a commission from a victim to find her murderer. For the first time we've been retained by a corpse.
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Into The Marshes With Holmes & Watson
19 January 2005 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A plea from a dead noblewoman propels Sherlock Holmes towards a confrontation with a phantom murderer known as THE SCARLET CLAW.

Holmes & Watson are faced with a real thriller in this moody, atmospheric little film set in Québec. The villain is particularly nasty--a glow-in-the-dark fiend who savagely rips out the throats of its victims. This just might be the case which changes Holmes'mind about the reality of the supernatural...

As ever, Basil Rathbone & Nigel Bruce are perfect in their roles, like two favorite old uncles, eccentric and a bit crotchety, that one still welcomes to one's fireside. Rathbone is ever the cerebral gymnast, making deductions which sometimes lead him straight into danger. Bruce is a bit more lively this time, getting to indulge himself a bit with an extremely humorous inebriated scene.

A sturdy cast of character actors make up the very frightened inhabitants of the bog-girded village of La Morte Rouge: Paul Cavanagh as the occult-studying peer; Ian Wolfe as his alcoholic butler; Arthur Hohl as the brutal innkeeper; Kay Harding as his unfortunate young daughter; Gerald Hamer as a nervous postman; Miles Mander as a terrified old judge and Victoria Horne as his disquieted housekeeper.

With the war against the Axis still continuing at the time of production, the film concludes with Holmes pithy patriotic paean to Canada.

This film follows SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SPIDER WOMAN (1944) and precedes THE PEARL OF DEATH (1944).


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