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Director:
Writers:
Bertram Millhauser (screenplay)
Arthur Conan Doyle (story)
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Release Date:
21 January 1944 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Grim mystery to hold you breathless! See more »
Plot:
Sherlock Holmes investigates a series of so-called "pajama suicides". He knows the female villain behind them is as cunning as Moriarty and as venomous as a spider. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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One of the Most Entertaining Movies in the Rathbone/Bruce Series See more (38 total) »

Cast

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Basil Rathbone ... Sherlock Holmes
Nigel Bruce ... Doctor Watson

Gale Sondergaard ... Adrea Spedding
Dennis Hoey ... Inspector Lestrade
Vernon Downing ... Norman Locke
Alec Craig ... Henchman Radlik
Arthur Hohl ... Adam Gilflower
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. Hudson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sylvia Andrew ... Charwoman (scenes deleted)
Marie De Becker ... Charwoman (scenes deleted)
Jimmy Aubrey ... News Vendor (uncredited)
Frank Benson ... Toy Doll Attendant (uncredited)
Lydia Bilbrook ... Susan (uncredited)
John Burton ... Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Harry Cording ... Fred Garvin - Henchman on Roof (uncredited)
Teddy Infuhr ... Larry (uncredited)
George Kirby ... News Vendor (uncredited)
Stanley Logan ... Robert (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Belle Mitchell ... Fortune Teller (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Casinl Patron (uncredited)
John Roche ... Casino Croupier (uncredited)
Angelo Rossitto ... Obongo - Pygmy (uncredited)
Gene Roth ... Henchman Taylor (uncredited)
Arthur Stenning ... Plainclothesman (uncredited)
Donald Stuart ... Artie - Shooting Gallery Attendant (uncredited)
Florence Wix ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
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Directed by
Roy William Neill 
 
Writing credits
Bertram Millhauser (screenplay)

Arthur Conan Doyle (story) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

Produced by
Roy William Neill .... producer
 
Original Music by
Hans J. Salter (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Charles Van Enger (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
William Austin 
 
Art Direction by
John B. Goodman 
Martin Obzina 
 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman  (as R.A. Gausman)
Edward R. Robinson  (as Edward Ray Robinson)
 
Costume Design by
Vera West (gowns)
 
Sound Department
Bernard B. Brown .... sound director
Paul Neal .... sound technician
 
Music Department
Hans J. Salter .... musical director (as H.J. Salter)
Frank Skinner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sherlock Holmes and the Spider Woman" - USA (review title)
"Sherlock Holmes in the Spider Woman" - USA (DVD title)
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Runtime:
63 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (certificate #9470)

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Trivia:
At one point Holmes says to Watson, "If you ever see me getting too sure again, fancying myself more clever then Adrea Spedding, just whisper one word to me: pygmy." This line was inspired by the short story "The Adventure of the Yellow Face," in which Holmes tells Watson, "If it should ever strike you that I am getting a little over-confident in my powers, or giving less pains to a case than it deserves, kindly whisper 'Norbury' in my ear, and I shall be infinitely obliged to you."See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Adam Gilflower is summoned by Holmes to identify the dead spider because, says Holmes, "I believe you know more about spiders than any man in London." Gilflower identifies the spider, but incorrectly observes that it is "the deadliest insect known to science."See more »
Quotes:
Dr. John H. Watson:A word, what word?
Sherlock Holmes:Pygmy!
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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 8 people found the following review useful.
One of the Most Entertaining Movies in the Rathbone/Bruce Series, 14 October 2005
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

With an involved, detailed mystery and an elegant adversary played by Gale Sondergaard, this is one of the most entertaining features in the Sherlock Holmes series of movies starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. The story gets a little far-fetched, but it is quite interesting. It is loaded with plot devices pulled from several different Arthur Conan Doyle stories, and it's interesting to see how many you can catch. It also features the usual pleasant camaraderie between Rathbone and Bruce, plus Dennis Hoey as Inspector Lestrade.

As "The Spider Woman", Sondergaard creates a memorable opponent for Holmes. The slightly exaggerated role cannot have been much of a challenge for such a fine actress, but she puts her heart into it, and looks as if she is enjoying herself - as her character certainly is. By creating such a dynamic character, she also helps make the complicated story seem more plausible, and it creates a worthy challenge for Holmes.

The movie also contains the amusing bits of dialogue and detail that characterized so many of the movies in the series. The climactic sequence, in particular, is a very good combination of suspense and wit. It is a fitting way to cap off an enjoyable entry in the popular series.

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