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The House of Fear (1945)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery | 16 March 1945 (USA)
Sherlock Holmes investigates a series of deaths at a castle with each foretold by the delivery of orange pips to the victims.

Director:

Roy William Neill

Writers:

Roy Chanslor (screenplay), Arthur Conan Doyle (story "The Adventure of the Five Orange Pips") (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Basil Rathbone ... Sherlock Holmes
Nigel Bruce ... Doctor Watson
Aubrey Mather ... Alastair
Dennis Hoey ... Lestrade
Paul Cavanagh ... Simon Merrivale
Holmes Herbert ... Alan Cosgrave
Harry Cording ... John Simpson
Sally Shepherd Sally Shepherd ... Mrs. Monteith
Gavin Muir ... Chalmers
Florette Hillier Florette Hillier ... Alison MacGregor
David Clyde ... Alex MacGregor
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Storyline

Seven rich men retire to a Scottish castle and promptly begin to die in violent fashion. Each death is preceded by the delivery of orange pips to the next target. As all the likely victims are heaviliy insured, Sherlock Holmes is asked by the insurance companies to investigate. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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HORROR stalking its halls!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sherlock Holmes: The House of Fear See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Towards the end of the film, as Watson 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 »

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The insurance policy would have been canceled and the surviving members moved out of the house. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Chalmers: [narrating] The events I'm about to relate began a fortnight ago. In a grim old house perched high on a cliff on the west coast of Scotland. This singular structure is known as Driercliff House. Gathered there for dinner were the seven members of a most extraordinary club called the Good Comrades. Into this unique gathering came their melancholy housekeeper, Mrs. Monteith, bearing a message for Ralph King, a retired barrister. King received it... casually. When they saw the contents...
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Another Spooky House For Holmes & Watson
6 March 2005 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

Gathered in THE HOUSE OF FEAR, the members of a strange tontine begin to meet violent & mysterious deaths.

Once again, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's celebrated consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes, tackles the problems pervading an Old Dark House. This time it's the Good Comrades Club and their rapidly dwindling membership, and Universal Studios supplies all the proper atmospherics to provide plenty of chills & suspense.

Basil Rathbone, as the cerebral sleuth, and Nigel Bruce, as his amiable sidekick, have already reached perfection in their roles. Rathbone, with his wonderful voice, always commands attention, and Bruce is especially good in the sequence where Watson finds himself alone in Drearcliff House, surrounded by unseen menace. Together, their film partnership has become screen legend.

Dennis Hoey returns in the role of Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard, always several steps behind Holmes in his use of deductive reasoning.

The seven Good Comrades are played by cherubic Aubrey Mather, gaunt Paul Cavanagh, Holmes Herbert, Harry Cording, and the unbilled Wilson Benge, Cyril Delevanti & Richard Alexander. Also appearing without credit is that most versatile of British character actresses, Doris Lloyd, playing a Scots innkeeper.

This film, which was very loosely based on Conan Doyle's The Adventure of the Five Orange Pips, followed THE PEARL OF DEATH (1944) and preceded THE WOMAN IN GREEN (1945).


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