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Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943)
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Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943) The three Musgrave siblings - Geoffrey, Philip and Sally - have opened the doors of their family estate, Musgrave Hall, to convalescing military officers during World War II. As his contribution to the war effort, Dr. Watson has been donating his services and treating several of the men there, some of whom are suffering from shell shock and as a result behave oddly. When one of Watson's colleagues, Dr. Sexton, receives a knock on the head Watson asks his good friend Sherlock Holmes to investigate. Just as they arrive, they find Geoffrey Musgrave dead. Soon after, Philip is also killed and Holmes is convinced that it's somehow related to a poem the next heir to the family estate must recite when someone dies. Known as the Musgrave Ritual, it is a long poem that is gibberish to most but the great detective is convinced it holds the clue to solving the murders.

Title: Sherlock Holmes Faces Death
Release Date: September 17, 1943
Runtime: 68 mins
Genre: Crime
All Genres: Crime, Horror, Mystery
Languages: English
Country: USA
Colors: Black and White
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 7.2
Buried.com Rating: 8.2 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With S

MPAA Rating: Approved

Roy William Neill

Basil Rathbone ...Sherlock Holmes
Nigel Bruce ...Doctor Watson
Dennis Hoey ...Inspector Lestrade
Arthur Margetson ...Doctor Bob Sexton
Hillary Brooke ...Sally Musgrave
Halliwell Hobbes ...Alfred Brunton
Minna Phillips ...Mrs. Howells aka Mrs. Brunton
Milburn Stone ...Captain Pat Vickery
Gavin Muir ...Phillip Musgrave
Gerald Hamer ...Major Langford
Vernon Downing ...Lt. Clavering
Olaf Hytten ...Captain MacIntosh
Frederick Worlock ...Geoffrey Musgrave (as Frederic Worlock)
Martin Ashe ...Slinking Figure
Joan Blair ...Nora, Maid
Charles Coleman ...Constable
Harold De Becker ...Pub Proprietor
Mary Gordon ...Mrs. Hudson
Peter Lawford ...young Sailor at Bar
Dick Rush ...Constable
Eric Snowden ...Sailor Trying to Play Piano
Norma Varden ...Gracie, Barmaid
Heather Wilde ...Jenny, Maid

Roy William Neill

Bertram Millhauser
Arthur Conan Doyle

Movie Quote(s):
  • [Inspector Lestrade is lost in a secret passage] Insp. Lestrade: I'm lost! I'm all turned around! Sherlock Holmes: You have been, for years. Get him out of there, will you, Mrs. Howells? And get him a saucer of milk.
  • Sherlock Holmes: There's a new spirit abroad in the land. The old days of grab and greed are on their way out. We're beginning to think of what we *owe* the other fellow, not just what we're compelled to give him. The time is coming, Watson, when we cannot fill our bellies in comfort while the other fellow goes hungry, or sleep in warm beds while others shiver in the cold. And we shan't be able to kneel and thank God for blessings before our shining altars while men anywhere are kneeling in either physical or spiritual subjection. Dr. John H. Watson: You may be right, Holmes... I hope you are. Sherlock Holmes: And, God willing, we'll live to see that day, Watson.
  • Dr. John H. Watson: Hurlston? Grim old pile. Very spooky. Sherlock Holmes: Don't tell me that you met a ghost? Dr. John H. Watson: No, not so spooky as that. Ghosts don't stab people in the neck, do they? Or do they? Sherlock Holmes: Not well-bred ghosts, Watson.
  • Alfred Brunton: I love things that have no meaning.
  • [Lestrade brings a suspect's shoe to compare to recovered footprints. They match] Insp. Lestrade: And that's Alfred Brunton's shoe. Sherlock Holmes: Fits perfectly, Inspector. But the fact that these prints were made by Brunton's shoes does not prove that Brunton's feet were in them. Insp. Lestrade: Why not? Where should Brunton's feet be, if not in his own shoes? Dr. John H. Watson: Well, they're not in them now, are they?
Movie Trivia:
  • The sixth 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.
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