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The Spider Woman (1944)
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The Spider Woman (1944) Alarmed by a series of baffling suicides of prominent gamblers popularly dubbed "The Pajama Murders" by the newspapers, Holmes fakes his own death and assumes the identity of Rajni Singh, a retired Indian military man with a paralyzed arm. After losing a large sum in a casino and writing a bad check to cover his losses, he appears to try to take his own life. He is prevented by the mysterious and sophisticated Andrea Spedding with an offer of a loan with his life insurance policy as collateral. Shortly thereafter, there is an attempt on his life with a rare but deadly spider with the only other clue a child's footprint. A resurfaced Holmes consults arachniolgists in an effort to solve the mystery.

Movie Tagline:
Here is crawling death sent to Sherlock Holmes by the most fiendish killer of all...

Also Known As:
Sherlock Holmes and the Spider Woman
Sherlock Holmes in the Spider Woman

Title: Spider Woman, The
Release Date: January 21, 1944
Runtime: 63 mins
Genre: Crime
All Genres: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Languages: English
Country: USA
Colors: Black and White
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 7.5
Buried.com Rating: 8.5 - (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
Gale Sondergaard ...Adrea Spedding
Dennis Hoey ...Inspector Lestrade
Vernon Downing ...Norman Locke
Alec Craig ...Henchman Radlik
Arthur Hohl ...Adam Gilflower
Mary Gordon ...Mrs. Hudson
Sylvia Andrew ...Charwoman (scenes deleted)
Marie De Becker ...Charwoman (scenes deleted)
Jimmy Aubrey ...News Vendor
Frank Benson ...Toy Doll Attendant
Lydia Bilbrook ...Susan
John Burton ...Radio Announcer
Harry Cording ...Fred Garvin - Henchman on Roof
Teddy Infuhr ...Larry
George Kirby ...News Vendor
Stanley Logan ...Robert
Wilbur Mack ...Casino Patron
Belle Mitchell ...Fortune Teller
Edmund Mortimer ...Casinl Patron
John Roche ...Casino Croupier
Angelo Rossitto ...Obongo - Pygmy
Gene Roth ...Henchman Taylor
Arthur Stenning ...Plainclothesman
Donald Stuart ...Artie - Shooting Gallery Attendant
Florence Wix ...Casino Patron

Roy William Neill

Bertram Millhauser
Arthur Conan Doyle

Hans J. Salter

More Movie Taglines:
  • Here is crawling death sent to Sherlock Holmes by the most fiendish killer of all...
  • Grim mystery to hold you breathless!
  • Mistress of Murder !
Movie Quote(s):
  • Sherlock Holmes: [on the pyjama suicides] Directing them is one of the most fiendishly clever minds in all Europe today. I suspect a woman. Dr. John H. Watson: You amaze me, Holmes. Why a woman? Sherlock Holmes: Because the method, whatever it is, is particularly subtle and cruel. Feline, not canine. Inspector Lestrade: Popycock. When a bloke does himself in, that's suicide. Sherlock Holmes: Unless a bloke is driven to suicide; in that case it's murder. Dr. John H. Watson: Driven? That *sounds* like a woman, doesn't it? Sherlock Holmes: Definitley - a female Moriarty. Clever. Ruthless. And above all, cautious.
  • Dr. John H. Watson: A word, what word? Sherlock Holmes: Pygmy!
  • Inspector Lestrade: Where is he anyhow? Dr. John H. Watson: I'm blessed if I know. He said wait here, by the shooting gallery, and look inconspicuous. Inspector Lestrade: Inconspicuous? Oh... [Lestrade starts whistling and inspecting the ceiling] Dr. John H. Watson: He said inconspicuous, Lestrade, not half-witted.
  • Sherlock Holmes: I'm sorry, Watson. The pleasures of the chase are no longer for me. I'm through with crime forever.
  • Adrea Spedding: I'm so sorry we have nothing in the house for burns. I so seldom get burned.
Movie Trivia:
  • The seventh 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.
  • SPOILER: The scene in which a spider enters Holmes's room through the radiator is inspired by a similar scene in the story The Adventure of the Speckled Band.
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