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Shooting lasted from May 10-early June, 1943, released January 21, 1944 (copyright 1943) .
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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."
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The seventh 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.
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A follow-up, The Spider Woman Strikes Back (1946), has no relation to the HOLMES feature, as Gale Sondergaard plays a completely different character.
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The uncredited actor who played the pygmy was an achondroplastic dwarf in blackface makeup. A real pygmy would have been taller and better-proportioned.
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References five original Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes short stories and novels.
  • The death of Sherlock Holmes from 'The Adventure of the Final Problem'.


  • A bust of Sherlock Holmes from The Adventure of the Empty House.


  • A poisonous creature enters a room through an air shaft from The Adventure of the Speckled Band.


  • The murderous pygmy and the footprint of a child from The Sign of Four (the "footprint of a child" is the pygmy's footprint)


  • And a poisonous substance burnt in a fire from The Adventure of the Devil's Foot.


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