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The House of Fear

  • Drama
  • 1944
  • Roy William Neill
  • 66 mins
  • U

Summary

Supersleuth Sherlock Holmes and loyal sidekick Dr Watson investigate a strange series of murders at a remote Scottish mansion. Mystery, starring Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Dennis Hoey and Paul Cavanagh.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Not one of the best of the Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce forays into Sherlock Holmes territory, which is a shame because the finale could have been wonderfully surprising if it had been treated better. The members of the "Good Comrades Club" - a group of wealthy men living in a Scottish mansion - are being killed off one by one, and Watson himself is kidnapped when he joins Holmes to investigate. Holmes even seems to regret his disappearance, but, as Bruce had declined into oafish bumbling by this stage of the series, we sadly don't. This is based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's story The Adventures of the Five Orange Pips.

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Credits

Cast

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Sherlock HolmesBasil Rathbone
Dr WatsonNigel Bruce
AlastairAubrey Mather
LestradeDennis Hoey
Simon MerrivalePaul Cavanagh
Alan CosgraveHolmes Herbert
John SimpsonHarry Cording

Crew

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DirectorRoy William Neill

Details

Theatrical distributor
General Film Dist Ltd
Language
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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