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Director:
Writers:
Roy Chanslor (screenplay)
Arthur Conan Doyle (story)
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Release Date:
16 March 1945 (USA) See more »
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HORROR stalking its halls!
Plot:
Sherlock Holmes investigates a series of deaths at a castle with each foretold by the delivery of orange pips to the victims. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Basil Rathbone ... Sherlock Holmes

Nigel Bruce ... Doctor John H. Watson
Aubrey Mather ... Bruce Alastair
Dennis Hoey ... Inspector Lestrade
Paul Cavanagh ... Dr. Simon Merrivale
Holmes Herbert ... Alan Cosgrave
Harry Cording ... Captain John Simpson
Sally Shepherd ... Mrs. Monteith
Gavin Muir ... Chalmers
Florette Hillier ... Alison MacGregor
David Clyde ... Alex MacGregor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Alexander ... Ralph King (uncredited)
Wilson Benge ... Guy Davies (uncredited)
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Alec Craig ... Angus (uncredited)
Cyril Delevanti ... Stanley Raeburn (uncredited)
Leslie Denison ... Sergeant Bleeker (uncredited)
Doris Lloyd ... Bessie (uncredited)
David Thursby ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
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Directed by
Roy William Neill 
 
Writing credits
Roy Chanslor (screenplay)

Arthur Conan Doyle (story "The Adventure of the Five Orange Pips") (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

Produced by
Roy William Neill .... producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Sawtell (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Virgil Miller (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Saul A. Goodkind  (as Saul Goodkind)
 
Art Direction by
John B. Goodman 
Eugène Lourié  (as Eugene Lourie)
 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman 
Edward R. Robinson  (as E.R. Robinson)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Melville Shyer .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Bernard B. Brown .... sound director
William Hedgcock .... sound technician
 
Music Department
Paul Sawtell .... musical director
Hans J. Salter .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Frank Skinner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Raymond Kessler .... dialogue director (as Ray Kessler)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sherlock Holmes: The House of Fear" - USA (DVD title)
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Runtime:
69 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-12 | Finland:K-7 (2013) | USA:Approved (PCA #10243)

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Trivia:
References Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original Sherlock Holmes short story The Five Orange Pips.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Lestrade receives an envelope. Holmes asks to examine it. As Lestrade hands it over, the flap is loose. Holmes takes the envelope and breaks the seal with a finger.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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes (1985) (V)See more »

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29 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Offers All That's Fun About The Holmes Movies, 22 August 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

I'd have to rate this as one of the best of the Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes films. It has about everything you would want in these movies - suspense, action, a clever story and some good humor courtesy our friend Dr. Watson. The latter is in top form with a number of funny lines and reactions to the happenings around him.

Meanwhile, this plays like the Agatha Christie story, "And Then There Were None." Instead of "10 Little Indians," there are the "orange pips" which are sent in an envelope to the members of the "The Good Comrades" club up in Drearcliff, Scotland. Whoever receives the envelope is shortly thereafter murdered in a grisly way. Holmes, Watson and then Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard, all venture up to the Scottish mansion to investigate the murders.

This is good stuff with nary a lull during the 69-minute film that features a variety of suspects, from evil-looking to the nicest guy in the house. Who is committing these murders is anyone's guess, right down to the end.

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