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Director:
Writers:
Edmund L. Hartmann (screenplay) and
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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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Oh! Canada! See more (47 total) »

Cast

  (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 ... 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)
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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)
 
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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) | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:Approved (certificate #9988)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes (1985) (V)See more »

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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Oh! Canada!, 9 July 2001

Universal once again brings Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce back as Holmes and Watson. This time the duo is listening to an expert talk about cults and so forth, and within moments they are thrust into a mystery of a woman's death supposedly by the hands of a ghost. They must travel to the town Le Mort Rouge(The Red Death) in Canada where the conference was being held. Rathbone is in fine form as Holmes. He seems to be so comfortable with this role by this point that his mannerisms just flow. As good as Rathbone is, it is the comic performance of Nigel Bruce as his bumbling sidekick Dr. Watson who really does a whale of a job stumbling and mumbling through his role. Bruce plays off Rathbone wonderfully, and he has a larger than life presence(steals many a scene too I might add). The rest of the cast is definitely all quality. The direction by Roy William Neill is first-rate. He directs very smoothly by enhancing the two central characters but also creating a very effective moody atmosphere. The story is imaginative and not derived from a Doyle story. I like the way that the scripter managed to put mystery writer G. K. Chesterton's name into the film. The last little monologue by Holmes at the conclusion of the film is a wartime thanks to Canada and how it acts as a link for mankind. Interesting tribute.

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