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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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The Female Of The Species Is More Deadly Than The Male See more (39 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)

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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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:
Finland:K-7 (2013) | 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: When the impostor posing as Matthew Ordway knocks a terrarium of black widow spiders onto the floor and Watson reaches for the gun among them, Holmes shouts "Stop it, Watson! Those insects are deadly!" Spiders are not insects, and Holmes, having just revealed Ordway to be an impostor on the basis of the man's lack of knowledge about spiders, should know this.See more »
Quotes:
Inspector Lestrade:Where is he anyhow?
Dr. John H. Watson:I'm blessed if I know. He said wait here, by the shooting gallery, and look inconspicuous.
Inspector Lestrade:Inconspicuous? Oh...
[Lestrade starts whistling and inspecting the ceiling]
Dr. John H. Watson:He said inconspicuous, Lestrade, not half-witted.
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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
The Female Of The Species Is More Deadly Than The Male, 4 December 2004
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

Sherlock Holmes matches wits with THE SPIDER WOMAN, a fiendish femme fatale responsible for a series of ingenious London murders.

Holmes & Watson face one of their most dangerous enemies in this highly enjoyable little crime mystery. Angry arachnids, toxic gas, Hitler's deadly heart and a very sinister little boy are only some of the elements Holmes must contend with in order to solve the latest crime spree to baffle the Metropolitan Police. Behind it all is the malice of a clever, cruel & cunning woman who gleefully challenges the great detective to do his best to stop her.

The movie is not without its faults. The brief running time and abrupt conclusion are unfortunate, and the ultimate reason for all the murders is really not all that exciting, but the vivid characters and dangerous adventure more than compensate for the film's shortcomings.

Basil Rathbone & Nigel Bruce remain perfect in their leading roles. Rathbone obviously relished playing the cerebral genius and he gets to spice out his characterization with a couple of dead-on disguises. Bumbling Bruce only grows more lovable with each passing film, playing his part with fierce loyalty as well as charming naiveté.

Oscar winning actress Gale Sondergaard portrays the title role with deadly feline guile, teasing Holmes the way a cat plays with a mouse. Alec Craig & Arthur Hohl steal a few screen moments as eccentric entomologists. Back for their recurring roles are Dennis Hoey as dogged Inspector Lestrade and dear Mary Gordon as Mrs. Hudson.

This film -- which was based on wisps of plot from Conan Doyle's

The Final Problem, The Empty House, The Speckled Band, The Sign of Four, and The Devil's Foot -- followed SHERLOCK HOLMES FACES DEATH (1943) and preceded THE SCARLET CLAW (1944). Miss Sondergaard reprised her villainous role two years later in THE SPIDER WOMAN STRIKES BACK (1946).

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