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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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(7 articles)
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Pretty good Holmesiana 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)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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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:
Finland:K-7 (2013) | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (certificate #9470)

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Trivia:
A follow-up, The Spider Woman Strikes Back (1946), has no relation to the HOLMES feature, as Gale Sondergaard plays a completely different character.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:
Sherlock Holmes:[on the pyjama suicides] Directing them is one of the most fiendishly clever minds in all Europe today. I suspect a woman.
Dr. John H. Watson:You amaze me, Holmes. Why a woman?
Sherlock Holmes:Because the method, whatever it is, is particularly subtle and cruel. Feline, not canine.
Inspector Lestrade:Popycock. When a bloke does himself in, that's suicide.
Sherlock Holmes:Unless a bloke is driven to suicide; in that case it's murder.
Dr. John H. Watson:Driven? That *sounds* like a woman, doesn't it?
Sherlock Holmes:Definitley - a female Moriarty. Clever. Ruthless. And above all, cautious.
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Pretty good Holmesiana, 14 September 1999
Author: Penfold-13 from London, UK

The 1942-43 Holmes/Watson films are often pathetic nonsense involving Nazi spies and have Holmes dashing all over the place firing guns at all and sundry, which doesn't work at all.

Yes, this is wartime, and the targets in the fairground shooting gallery are Hitler, Hirohito and Mussolini, but this is a proper detective story about mysterious murders.

It's an amalgam of Conan Doyle's original stories The Sign of Four and The Final Problem rather than a farrago of cod secret agents, and it works pretty well as a mystery.

Gale Sondergaard makes a marvellous villain, and plays excellently opposite Rathbone's Holmes.

Well worth while

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