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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 »
Genre:
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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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Murder is an insidious thing Watson. See more (48 total) »

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)

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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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-7 (2013) | Finland:K-12 (1948) | USA:Approved (PCA #10243)

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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:
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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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Murder is an insidious thing Watson., 1 October 2009
Author: JohnRouseMerriottChard from United Kingdom

Sherlock Holmes agrees to an insurance company request to investigate the gruesome deaths of wealthy gentlemen living in a Scottish mansion. Each death is predicted by the strange delivery of Orange Pips to the next intended victim.

Lets get the main fact out of the way first, although an adaptation of Conan Doyle's Holmes story, {Adventures} The Five Orange Pips, The House Of Fear bears little resemblance to that particular source. So purist fans of the literary aspects are in for a let down. Or are they? Directed by Roy William Neill with the screenplay coming from Roy Chanslor, this tenth entry in the Rathbone/Bruce series of Sherlock Holmes films is a deliciously atmospheric mystery piece holding its own. Set very much in the creepy mansion formula, House Of Fear, with all its off kilter camera work {beautifully realised now with the marvellous restoration job}, utilises the scope for "nothing is ever what it seems" to great effect. Thus of course giving Holmes {Rathbone impeccable as usual} license to detect with great gusto and ingenuity. This is after all what one wants from a Sherlock Holmes film me thinks? The film is also aided by some rather fine work from the sound department, winds and footsteps are sharp to the ears, again impacting on the mood to fully involve the viewer.

While the relatively short running time stops it from being a fully born out mystery, and yes if you dig deep enough you will find a couple of creaky plot holes. The House Of Fear is still one of the better entries in this marvellous series of films. Sometimes it's all about the characters and the situation they find themselves in. With that, this becomes an essential Holmes movie, regardless of grumbles from purists and plot holers alike. 7/10

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