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The House of Fear (1945)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Thriller  |  16 March 1945 (USA)
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Sherlock Holmes investigates a series of deaths at a castle with each foretold by the delivery of orange pips to the victims.

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Seven rich men retire to a Scottish castle and promptly begin to die in violent fashion. Each death is preceded by the delivery of orange pips to the next target. As all the likely victims are heaviliy insured, Sherlock Holmes is asked by the insurance companies to investigate. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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HORROR stalking its halls!


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16 March 1945 (USA)  »

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Sherlock Holmes: The House of Fear  »

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Trivia

Towards the end of the film, as Holmes notices the tobacco urn is empty, the wolf's head cane from The Wolf Man (1941) can be seen leaning against the back wall. See more »

Goofs

As they were in Scotland a local policeman would have been sent, not Inspector Lestrade from London. See more »

Quotes

Sherlock Holmes: Murder is an insidious thing. Once a man has dipped his fingers in blood, sooner or later he'll feel the urge to kill again.
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Referenced in The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes (1985) See more »

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One of the most original movies I've seen in years
8 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Being older I've found that many times we end up watching the same plot over and over in remakes. This movie was totally different then any I've ever seen to date. I won't spoil the movie by saying much but it kept me guessing whodunit.

The movie had it's share of comedy with Nigel Bruce and moved along at a good pace. This is probably the best of the Sherlock Holmes series by Rathbone and Bruce.

Let no one ruin the ending for you and watch it, I think you'll like it. For a low budget movie it won't let you down. How I survived this long without ever seeing it at least once is amazing.


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