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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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Very good Sherlock story See more (47 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)
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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 | USA:Approved (PCA #10243)

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Trivia:
The tenth 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.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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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Very good Sherlock story, 8 July 2008
Author: blanche-2 from United States

"The House of Fear" is a highly enjoyable entry into the Sherlock Holmes series. It stars Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Paul Cavanagh and Dennis Hoey. Sherlock and Watson go to Scotland to investigate the murders of members of the "Good Comrades Club" - before they die, they receive an envelope containing orange pips (seeds); shortly afterward, they are brutally murdered beyond recognition.

There is a Sherlock Holmes story called "The Five Orange Pips," but this is only very loosely the Conan Doyle plot. Nevertheless, it has all the great mystery elements - a large, old dark house, rainstorms and things that go bump in the night.

One of the faults of this series was the casting of Nigel Bruce who was then directed to act like an idiot. Also, some of the scripts have Holmes being very condescending toward Watson or making fun of him. In "The House of Fear," neither of these things occur, at least as broadly. Holmes seems not only genuinely concerned about his friend but very fond of him as well.

Rathbone is one of the best actors to play Holmes and looks the part - for the most part, the whole series is enjoyable, and this one is a cut above average.

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