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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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Strong Holmes/Watson See more (45 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:
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:This is a most unique case. Instead of too few we have too many clues and too many suspects. The main pattern of the puzzle seems to be forming, but the pieces don't fit in.
Dr. John H. Watson:Muddy waters, eh, Holmes?
Sherlock Holmes:Too muddy. As if someone were constantly stirring them up.
Dr. John H. Watson:Why should they stir them up?
Sherlock Holmes:To confuse me. There's intelligence behind this business, Watson. Cold, calculating, ruthless intelligence.
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Referenced in The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes (1985) (V)See more »

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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Strong Holmes/Watson, 17 September 1999
Author: Penfold-13 from London, UK

This is one of the best of the low-budget Sherlock Holmes films with Basil Rathbone as Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Watson.

Seven men, the "Good Comrades" have formed a club, and they all live together in a castle on the North coast of Scotland. They all have life insurance policies of high value, the beneficiaries being the surviving members of the club. Holmes is called in by the insurers when two of them die violently in quick succession.

It all takes place in the castle, and more of the Comrades meet an end, so it's Ten Little Indians territory.

Rathbone and Bruce, with the cheerful support of Dennis Hoey as Lestrade, do their usual number with a fairly intricate plot, and a jolly good time is had by all.

The direction is pacy, and it rattles along very satisfactorily; the production values are pretty low, but we're only looking at story-telling than brilliant cinematography.

Enjoyable stuff.

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