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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.

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... Sherlock Holmes
... Doctor Watson
... Alastair
... Lestrade
... Simon Merrivale
... Alan Cosgrave
... John Simpson
Sally Shepherd ... Mrs. Monteith
... Chalmers
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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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HORROR stalking its halls!


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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 »

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[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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A Pip of a Film
20 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

Sherlock Holmes and his mumbling sidekick Dr. Watson go to Scotland to investigate the deaths of members of "The Good Comrades," a group of seven lonely men that make a pact to split the money of each dying member. A maid has been given a letter to give the members of the group at dinner. The letter contains a number of orange pips(pits) that coincides with the remaining number of the group. After receiving the letter, the member shortly dies after. This is highly enjoyable fare from the Sherlock Holmes team of Rathbone, Bruce, Dennis Hoey as Lestrade, and director Roy William Neill. The film zips by at a nice pace, and it has a unique mystery which I could only partially unravel. Rathbone is at his best, but Bruce tends to steal almost every scene he is in with his mumbling antics and comedic abilities. The rest of the cast of stalwart British character actors do just as ably with Aubrey Mather really standing out as the genial owner of the home where the Good Comrades stay. Lots of dark atmosphere, rainy nights, and Scottish lore to surround this intriguing tale.


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