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The Scarlet Claw (1944)

When a gentlewoman is found dead with her throat torn out, the villagers blame a supernatural monster. But Sherlock Holmes, who gets drawn into the case from nearby Quebec, suspects a human murderer.

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Roy William Neill

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Edmund L. Hartmann (screenplay), Roy William Neill (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Basil Rathbone ... Sherlock Holmes
Nigel Bruce ... Doctor Watson
Gerald Hamer ... Potts, Tanner, Ramson
Paul Cavanagh ... Lord Penrose
Arthur Hohl ... Emile Journet
Miles Mander ... Judge Brisson
Kay Harding Kay Harding ... Marie Journet
David Clyde ... Sergeant Thompson
Ian Wolfe ... Drake
Victoria Horne ... Nora
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While attending a conference in Quebec City, Sherlock Holmes and his good friend, Dr. Watson, are drawn into a murder investigation in the nearby village of La Mort Rouge. Holmes had received a letter from Lady Penrose asking for his assistance as she feared for her life. It was too late, however, as she had already been killed by the time he received it. Her throat was torn out and the local villagers are spreading rumors about monsters and evil spirits as being the cause. Holmes doesn't believe any of that and sets out to find the killer. He believes that Lady Penrose's past as an actress may have something to with her death. As others in the village are attacked, Holmes believes the killer is among them, impersonating a local villager as he goes about his business. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sherlock Holmes and the Scarlet Claw See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The eighth 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

In one scene the daughter of the bar owner is seen covering the bird cage with a cloth later when Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson return to the bar, before finding her body in the office, the bird cage is uncovered and the bird is singing. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Potts, Tanner, Ramson: Who could be ringing the church bell at this time? Maybe it ain't a who Father, maybe it's an it. And maybe it's tolling the bell.
Father Pierre: Aw, there's no such things as ghosts and monsters. Haven't I made that clear to you?
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Oh! Canada!
9 July 2001 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

Universal once again brings Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce back as Holmes and Watson. This time the duo is listening to an expert talk about cults and so forth, and within moments they are thrust into a mystery of a woman's death supposedly by the hands of a ghost. They must travel to the town Le Mort Rouge(The Red Death) in Canada where the conference was being held. Rathbone is in fine form as Holmes. He seems to be so comfortable with this role by this point that his mannerisms just flow. As good as Rathbone is, it is the comic performance of Nigel Bruce as his bumbling sidekick Dr. Watson who really does a whale of a job stumbling and mumbling through his role. Bruce plays off Rathbone wonderfully, and he has a larger than life presence(steals many a scene too I might add). The rest of the cast is definitely all quality. The direction by Roy William Neill is first-rate. He directs very smoothly by enhancing the two central characters but also creating a very effective moody atmosphere. The story is imaginative and not derived from a Doyle story. I like the way that the scripter managed to put mystery writer G. K. Chesterton's name into the film. The last little monologue by Holmes at the conclusion of the film is a wartime thanks to Canada and how it acts as a link for mankind. Interesting tribute.


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