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The House of Fear (1945)

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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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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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 {J-26}

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HORROR stalking its halls!


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Trivia

The tenth 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

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

[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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Follows The Scarlet Claw (1944) See more »

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One of the most original movies I've seen in years
8 May 2008 | by jdzurinda2See all my reviews

Being older I've found that many times we end up watching the same plot over and over in remakes. This movie was totally different then any I've ever seen to date. I won't spoil the movie by saying much but it kept me guessing whodunit.

The movie had it's share of comedy with Nigel Bruce and moved along at a good pace. This is probably the best of the Sherlock Holmes series by Rathbone and Bruce.

Let no one ruin the ending for you and watch it, I think you'll like it. For a low budget movie it won't let you down. How I survived this long without ever seeing it at least once is amazing.


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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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