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Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943)

During WWII several murders occur at a convalescent home where Dr. Watson has volunteered his services. He summons Holmes for help and the master detective proceeds to solve the crime from ... See full summary »

Director:

Roy William Neill

Writers:

Bertram Millhauser (screenplay), Arthur Conan Doyle (story) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Basil Rathbone ... Sherlock Holmes
Nigel Bruce ... Doctor Watson
Dennis Hoey ... Lestrade
Arthur Margetson ... Doctor Sexton
Hillary Brooke ... Sally Musgrave
Halliwell Hobbes ... Brunton
Minna Phillips Minna Phillips ... Mrs. Howells
Milburn Stone ... Captain Vickery
Gavin Muir ... Phillip Musgrave
Gerald Hamer ... Langford
Vernon Downing Vernon Downing ... Clavering
Olaf Hytten Olaf Hytten ... Captain MacIntosh
Frederick Worlock ... Geoffrey Musgrave (as Frederic Worlock)
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Storyline

During WWII several murders occur at a convalescent home where Dr. Watson has volunteered his services. He summons Holmes for help and the master detective proceeds to solve the crime from a long list of suspects including the owners of the home, the staff and the patients recovering there. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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THEIR NEWEST AND GREATEST ADVENTURE! (original poster-all caps) See more »


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gespenster im Schloß See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

References Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original Sherlock Holmes story, "The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual". See more »

Goofs

Holmes shoots 7 times from a "six-shooter". There were in fact 8-shot revolvers made. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gracie, Barmaid: Hurry up, lads. Drink up. Five minutes to closing time.
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Crazy Credits

Milburn Stone is said to have been 5' 8" and Hillary Brooke is said to have been 5' 6". There is definitely a discrepancy somewhere or is there? Stone is taller than Brooke. See more »

Connections

Follows The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939) See more »

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Ritualistic!
9 February 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

For those that know "The Musgrave Ritual," one of the better stories of the Holmes canon, this doesn't do too badly. It takes place in a convalescent home where Watson is helping veterans who suffer from a type of PTSD. The patients, sadly, provide some comic relief, and Watson's role is once again foolish and clutzy. However, once the bodies start showing up all over the place, under piles of leaves, in the rumble seats of cars, etc., Holmes must come to the rescue. There is a lot of lightning and thunder and dark and stormy night stuff going on. There is funeral service where the heroine is asked to recite the Musgrave ritual, an ancient set of cryptic statements that eventually become significant to the solving of the case. Holmes pull a few tricks from his bag of deceptions. Like the original, everyone ends up in a hidden cellar which holds a secret. It is a reasonably resonant offering in the Rathbone series and worth a watch. The atmosphere is worth the price of admission.


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