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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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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Basil Rathbone ... Sherlock Holmes

Nigel Bruce ... Doctor Watson
Gerald Hamer ... Potts, Tanner, Ramson

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

Miles Mander ... Judge Brisson
Kay Harding ... Marie Journet
David Clyde ... 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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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 »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: After Holmes tells Watson that the quotation he recited was from Churchill, he utters another word or two, but all we hear is the music signaling the film's end.See more »
Sherlock Holmes:Sit down, old fellow. Judge Brisson has decided not to shoot us.
Dr. John H. Watson:Oh? Very kind of him!
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Referenced in La morte rouge (2006)See more »


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31 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Into The Marshes With Holmes & Watson, 19 January 2005
Author: Ron Oliver ( from Forest Ranch, CA

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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