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Sherlock Holmes investigates a series of so-called "pajama suicides". He knows the female villain behind them is as cunning as Moriarty and as venomous as a spider.


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Sherlock Holmes
Doctor Watson
Adrea Spedding
Vernon Downing ...
Norman Locke
Mrs. Hudson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sylvia Andrew ...
Charwoman (scenesDeleted)
Marie De Becker ...
Charwoman (scenesDeleted)
News Vendor (uncredited)
Brandon Beach ...
Carnival Patron (uncredited)
Frank Benson ...
Toy Doll Attendant (uncredited)
Lydia Bilbrook ...
Susan (uncredited)
John Burton ...
Radio Announcer (uncredited)
James Carlisle ...
Casino Patron (uncredited)
Fred Garvin - Henchman on Roof (uncredited)
Jack Deery ...
Casino Patron (uncredited)
Teddy Infuhr ...
Larry (uncredited)
George Kirby ...
News Vendor (uncredited)
Stanley Logan ...
Robert (uncredited)
Casino Patron (uncredited)
Fortune Teller (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ...
Casino Patron (uncredited)
Doorman (uncredited)
Casino Croupier (uncredited)
Obongo - Pygmy (uncredited)
Henchman Taylor (uncredited)
Arthur Stenning ...
Plainclothesman (uncredited)
Donald Stuart ...
Artie - Shooting Gallery Attendant (uncredited)
Florence Wix ...
Casino Patron (uncredited)

Directed by

Roy William Neill

Written by

Bertram Millhauser ... (screenplay)
Arthur Conan Doyle ... (story) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

Produced by

Roy William Neill ... producer

Music by

Hans J. Salter ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

Charles Van Enger ... director of photography

Film Editing by

William Austin

Art Direction by

John B. Goodman
Martin Obzina

Set Decoration by

Russell A. Gausman ... (as R.A. Gausman)
Edward R. Robinson ... (as Edward Ray Robinson)

Costume Design by

Vera West ... (gowns)

Sound Department

Bernard B. Brown ... sound director
Paul Neal ... sound technician

Music Department

Hans J. Salter ... musical director (as H.J. Salter)
Frank Skinner ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

Sherlock Holmes takes on a case that the press has dubbed the pajama suicides. Eminent men are going to bed in the safety of their own homes, with everything seemingly being normal, only to commit suicide in the night. Holmes fakes his own death in the hopes of giving him a freer hand in the investigation and is convinced that a woman, a female Moriarty as he describes her, is behind the deaths. The dead men were all eminent and very wealthy. He impersonates a wealthy retired Indian military officer in the hope of drawing out the woman and he soon meets Adrea Spedding but she quickly sees through his disguise and proves herself to be the challenge Holmes predicted she would be. She is a worthy adversary and soon traps him setting him up in a carnival shooting gallery that seems to assure his death. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines Grim mystery to hold you breathless! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Sherlock Holmes in the Spider Woman (United States)
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Spider Woman (United States)
  • Sherlock Holmes et la femme aux araignées (France)
  • La femme aux araignées (France)
  • Das Spinnennest (Germany)
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  • 63 min
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Trivia Shooting lasted from May 10-early June, 1943, released January 21, 1944 (copyright 1943) . See more »
Goofs At the beginning of the film, Holmes appears to be fly-fishing in white water rapids. See more »
Movie Connections Followed by The Scarlet Claw (1944). See more »
Quotes Sherlock Holmes: [on the pajama suicides] Indubidably, these murders are the work of a well-organized gang and directing them is one of the most fiendishly clever minds in all Europe today.
Inspector Lestrade: Any notion who?
Sherlock Holmes: I suspect a woman. Do you have tobacco around this place, Watson?
Dr. John H. Watson: Yes, I've packed it. A woman? You amaze me, Holmes. Why a woman?
Sherlock Holmes: Because the method, whatever it is, is particularly subtle and cruel. Feline, not canine.
Inspector Lestrade: Poppy-cock. Canine, feline, quinine, when a bloke does himself in, that's suicide.
Sherlock Holmes: Unless the bloke is driven to suicide and then in that case it's murder.
Dr. John H. Watson: Driven? That *sounds* like a woman, doesn't it?
Sherlock Holmes: Definitely, a female Moriarty. Clever, ruthless... and above all, cautious.
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