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The House of Fear (1945)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery | 16 March 1945 (USA)
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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Trivia

Despite the orange pips, the film is nothing like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original Sherlock Holmes short story "The Five Orange Pips". See more »

Goofs

The insurance policy would have been canceled and the surviving members moved out of the house. See more »

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[first lines]
Chalmers: [narrating] The events I'm about to relate began a fortnight ago. In a grim old house perched high on a cliff on the west coast of Scotland. This singular structure is known as Driercliff House. Gathered there for dinner were the seven members of a most extraordinary club called the Good Comrades. Into this unique gathering came their melancholy housekeeper, Mrs. Monteith, bearing a message for Ralph King, a retired barrister. King received it... casually. When they saw the contents...
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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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