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Director:
Writers:
Edmund L. Hartmann (screenplay) and
Roy William Neill (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
26 May 1944 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Holmes vs. Monster! See more »
Plot:
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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(7 articles)
User Reviews:
Highly entertaining...one of the strongest of the Universal series... See more (48 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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)
Olaf Hytten ... Hotel Day Desk Clerk (uncredited)
George Kirby ... Father Pierre (uncredited)
Charles Knight ... Assistant Police Inspector (uncredited)
Eric Mayne ... Member of Royal Canadian Occult Society (uncredited)
Norbert Muller ... Page-boy (uncredited)
Pietro Sosso ... Andy Trent (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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Runtime:
74 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-7 (2013) | Germany:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:Approved (certificate #9988)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Listed in Journet's inn-register is Tom McKnight of New York. McKnight was an adviser on Universal's Holmes series.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: Inexplicably, despite the French-Canadian setting, only the Journet's have French accents or (with the possible exception of Judge Brisson) names.See more »
Quotes:
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes (1985) (V)See more »

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Highly entertaining...one of the strongest of the Universal series..., 26 December 2009
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

I don't know how I missed this one over the years, but watching it today on TCM, I don't remember ever seeing it before.

THE SCARLET CLAW was written especially for the screen and not from any novel penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Turns out it's one of the very best entries in the series, up there with THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES and THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES as essential Holmes films.

It has all the atmosphere one would want in a Sherlock Holmes story and a mystery that deepens as the plot goes forward but resolved in a very satisfying way by Holmes. The cast includes an excellent performance from PAUL CAVANAGH as Mr. Penrose, whose wife dies a vicious death at the hands of a killer and leads to Holmes' investigation. GERALD HAMER as a nervous postman and VICTORIA HORNE as a frightened housekeeper are also fine, as is MILES MANDER as a judge whose life is in danger from a serial killer.

Although this one takes place in Canada, it might just as well have taken place on the Dartmouth moors in Devonshire--that's the kind of atmosphere it has with plenty of mist and fog to add to the Gothic ambiance of the tale.

Well worth watching for Sherlock fans. Especially good is NIGEL BRUCE as the bumbling Dr. Watson who inadvertently helps BASIL RATHBONE from time to time. His blustery interpretation of the comic sidekick is especially well done in this caper. Rathbone, of course, is beyond reproach.

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