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Release Date:
26 May 1944 (USA) See more »
Holmes vs. Monster! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Another excellent Holmes yarn See more (49 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Basil Rathbone ... Sherlock Holmes

Nigel Bruce ... Doctor Watson

Paul Cavanagh ... Lord Penrose
Arthur Hohl ... Emile Journet

Miles Mander ... Judge Brisson
Gerald Hamer ... Potts
Kay Harding ... Marie Journet
David Clyde ... Police Sergeant Thompson

Ian Wolfe ... Drake
Victoria Horne ... Nora
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Allen ... Bill Taylor (uncredited)
Gertrude Astor ... Lady Lillian Gentry Penrose (uncredited)
Frank Austin ... Villager in Pub with Dr. Watson (uncredited)
Brandon Beach ... Member of Royal Canadian Occult Society (uncredited)
Ted Billings ... Villager in Pub (uncredited)
Bob Burns ... Villager (uncredited)
Horace B. Carpenter ... Villager in Pub (uncredited)
Bill Cartledge ... Hotel Bellhop (uncredited)
William Desmond ... Member of Royal Canadian Occult Society (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... Attendant (uncredited)
Clyde Fillmore ... Inspector (uncredited)
Charles Francis ... Sir John (uncredited)
Bobbie Hale ... Villager in Pub (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Hotel Day Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Jack Kenny ... Villager in Pub (uncredited)
George Kirby ... Father Pierre (uncredited)
Charles Knight ... Assistant Police Inspector (uncredited)
Eric Mayne ... Member of Royal Canadian Occult Society (uncredited)
John C. McCallum ... Villager in Pub (uncredited)
Norbert Muller ... Page-boy (uncredited)
Phil Schumacher ... Villager in Pub (uncredited)
Pietro Sosso ... Andy Trent (uncredited)
George Sowards ... Villager in Pub (uncredited)
Count Stefenelli ... Member of Royal Canadian Occult Society (uncredited)
Jack Tornek ... Villager In Pub (uncredited)
Tony Travers ... Musician (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Hotel Evening Desk Clerk (uncredited)

Directed by
Roy William Neill 
Writing credits
Edmund L. Hartmann (screenplay) and
Roy William Neill (screenplay)

Paul Gangelin (story) and
Brenda Weisberg (story)

Arthur Conan Doyle (characters) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

Produced by
Roy William Neill .... producer
Howard Benedict .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Paul Sawtell (uncredited)
Cinematography by
George Robinson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Paul Landres 
Art Direction by
Ralph M. DeLacy 
John B. Goodman 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman 
Ira Webb  (as Ira S. Webb)
Makeup Department
Jack P. Pierce .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bernard B. Brown .... sound director
Robert Pritchard .... sound technician
Visual Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special photography
Music Department
Paul Sawtell .... musical director
Charles Previn .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Frank Skinner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Stacy Keach Sr. .... dialogue director (as Stacey Keach)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sherlock Holmes and the Scarlet Claw" - USA (promotional title)
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74 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Finland:K-7 (2013) | Germany:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:Approved (certificate #9988)

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The eighth of fourteen films based on Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional consulting detective Sherlock Holmes starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Doctor Watson.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Sherlock Holmes:Ramson has undoubtedly established another character for himself - perhaps several others - by now familiar to the people of La Morte Rouge and quite above suspicion. He could be almost anyone...See more »
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22 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Another excellent Holmes yarn, 3 June 2005
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Breathing a similar style to the earlier The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Scarlet Claw sees the great Sherlock Holmes in the middle of another supernatural themed adventure. While this yarn isn't quite up to the standards of The Hound of the Baskervilles, it still represents another success in turning the detective novels into films. This time round, we follow a remote village that is at the mercy of a mysterious ghost who appears to be killing them off. Not being a believer in ghosts, our logical protagonist, Sherlock Holmes, decides to take the case on and travels to the remote village to find, as usual, that there's more going on than meets the eye. Once again, this story is riddled with inventive twists and a plot that is constantly full of suspense and, as usual, it makes for great viewing. While the plot doesn't have any depth or substance, it doesn't matter at all because this film is made for pure entertainment value, and on that front it certainly delivers!

Once again, Basil Rathbone takes the lead role as the super-sleuth Sherlock Holmes and, as usual, does excellently with it. He does so well at playing this character that you when you think Sherlock Holmes, it's Rathbone's image that instantly pops into your mind. While this may have hindered the rest of his career a little, it's definitely a good thing while you're watching a Sherlock Holmes movie. Also reprising his role from previous Holmes movies is Nigel Bruce in the role of Dr Watson. He too makes great use of the role, and again it's hard to imagine anyone else playing Dr Watson. The supernatural elements of the story are nice, and seeing the numerous atmosphere scenes is always a treat. The black and white cinematography helps to create a foreboding atmosphere, which compliments the story nicely. The ensemble of characters surrounding the mystery are well done and the film throws in a number of red herrings in order to keep the conclusion from the audience until it is finally time to give it away. All in all; great stuff!

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