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Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943)

During WWII several murders occur at a convalescent home where Dr. Watson has volunteered his services. He summons Holmes for help and the master detective proceeds to solve the crime from ... See full summary »

Director:

Roy William Neill

Writers:

Bertram Millhauser (screenplay), Arthur Conan Doyle (story) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Basil Rathbone ... Sherlock Holmes
Nigel Bruce ... Doctor Watson
Dennis Hoey ... Lestrade
Arthur Margetson ... Doctor Sexton
Hillary Brooke ... Sally Musgrave
Halliwell Hobbes ... Brunton
Minna Phillips Minna Phillips ... Mrs. Howells
Milburn Stone ... Captain Vickery
Gavin Muir ... Phillip Musgrave
Gerald Hamer ... Langford
Vernon Downing Vernon Downing ... Clavering
Olaf Hytten Olaf Hytten ... Captain MacIntosh
Frederick Worlock ... Geoffrey Musgrave (as Frederic Worlock)
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Storyline

During WWII several murders occur at a convalescent home where Dr. Watson has volunteered his services. He summons Holmes for help and the master detective proceeds to solve the crime from a long list of suspects including the owners of the home, the staff and the patients recovering there. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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As Startling as a Scream in the Night! See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gespenster im Schloß See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Dr. Watson's revolver is an 1878 Colt M1877 "Lightning", an improbable choice for Watson as a service revolver, since it was never chambered in a British service cartridge. See more »

Goofs

When Holmes was lying on the floor, firing his gun at the drawing on the wall, there are very small, but visible bumps where the squib-like things were positioned to make the 'bullet holes'. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gracie, Barmaid: Hurry up, lads. Drink up. Five minutes to closing time.
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Crazy Credits

Milburn Stone is said to have been 5' 8" and Hillary Brooke is said to have been 5' 6". There is definitely a discrepancy somewhere or is there? Stone is taller than Brooke. See more »

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Referenced in The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes (1985) See more »

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Mrs Hudson doesn't like Holmes riddling her plaster with bullets in this one
7 April 2005 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

A nice entry in the Rathbone Holmes film series (6/14), but the one I feel most weak in the plot department. Most of the film appears to be padding of one kind or another, and almost every scene could be analysed and shredded by an expert, leaving a 2-reeler. But as I like this I would only want it an hour longer than it is already!

Ignoring the minor non-sequiteurs and non-explicables, the whole chessboard Ritual unravelling sequence was a colossal waste of time - all Holmes had to do was read the message to realise where to go. Think of how excellent his method of finding the message was in the first place Watson!

Some nicely atmospheric photography, beautiful nitrate-based light and shade contrasts also help, along with the 3 well-delineated if almost OTT hospital in-patients providing unstable character support. Listen to Dr Bob's voice - it's like being transported to the cellar scenes in Robert Newton's Obsession! Well worth while watching.


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