Sherlock Holmes Faces Death

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Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce star in the 1943 mystery Sherlock Holmes Faces Death, released on DVD from MPI. The U.C.L.A. Film and Television Archive has digitally restored the original black-and-white 35 mm print. Presented with a standard full-frame transfer and Dolby Digital Stereo sound in English. There are no subtitles or special features, but it does include the war bond tag, studio logo, and credits from its original theatrical release.
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Overview

Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce star in the 1943 mystery Sherlock Holmes Faces Death, released on DVD from MPI. The U.C.L.A. Film and Television Archive has digitally restored the original black-and-white 35 mm print. Presented with a standard full-frame transfer and Dolby Digital Stereo sound in English. There are no subtitles or special features, but it does include the war bond tag, studio logo, and credits from its original theatrical release.
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Special Features

Audio commentary; Photo gallery; Posters; Interactive menus; Scene access
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
While taking considerable liberties with the Conan Doyle story that is its inspiration (as often happens in those Holmes episodes updated to the 1940s), Sherlock Holmes Faces Death is a very enjoyable, quite entertaining film, one of the best of the Universal series. It has the benefit of a classic mystery basis -- a number of people located in a stately manor have been murdered, and Holmes must put together the clues to stop any further deaths. In the wrong hands, this can become tired and mechanical, but director Roy William Neill and adaptor Bertram Millhauser are in quite good form here and milk the format for all it's worth. Neill especially is operating on all cylinders here, clearly relishing the opportunity that the story provides for some striking, though unobtrusive, visuals. If his pacing is slightly off in the first half, he more than makes up for it with a second half that doesn't flag -- at least until the end, when Holmes is forced to deliver one of the out-of-nowhere inspirational monologues that always jar the viewer. Basil Rathbone pulls it off well, of course, as he does everything else in the film, and the supporting cast is particularly strong this time around. All in all, Sherlock Holmes Faces Death satisfies quite nicely indeed, thank you very much.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2003
  • UPC: 030306754994
  • Original Release: 1943
  • Rating:

  • Source: Mpi Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:08:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 57,173

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes
Nigel Bruce Dr. John H. Watson
Hillary Brooke Sally Musgrave
Milburn Stone Capt. Vickery
Arthur Margetson Dr. Sexton
Halliwell Hobbes Alfred Brunton
Dennis Hoey Inspector Lestrade
Gavin Muir Phillip Musgrave
Frederic Worlock Geoffrey Musgrave
Olaf Hytten Capt. MacIntosh
Gerald Hamer Maj. Langford
Vernon P. Downing Haverling
Minna Phillips Mrs. Howells
Mary Gordon Mrs. Hudson
Evelyn Ankers
Holmes Herbert Man
Norma Varden Grace
Ian Wolfe Antique Store Clerk
Harold de Becker Pub proprietor
Peter Lawford Bit Part
Heather Wilde Jenny
Technical Credits
Roy William Neill Director, Producer
Bernard B. Brown Sound/Sound Designer
Fred R. Feitshans Jr. Editor
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
John B. Goodman Art Director
Harold H. MacArthur Art Director
Bertram Millhauser Screenwriter
Paul Neal Sound/Sound Designer
Edward Ray Robinson Set Decoration/Design
Hans Salter Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Charles Van Enger Cinematographer
Vera West Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening [1:21]
2. Musgrave Manor [4:36]
3. Doctor in the House [4:35]
4. "A Killer Loose!" [8:46]
5. Extraordinary Patients [5:46]
6. "That Appalling Man..." [3:30]
7. The Musgrave Ritual [5:51]
8. The Rat and the Raven [2:32]
9. The Butler Did It? [6:32]
10. The Ritual Solved [9:02]
11. Checkmate [14:55]
12. End Credits [:41]
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Menu

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jeremy Brett PEDANTS beware!!!

    Mock me all you want. If you think that the PBS show The Copper Beaches is better than this well let me really get you going! The casting of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as Holmes and Watson is the BEST CASTING IN MOVIE HISTORY. Bruce is more often FUNNY than stupid. Sure some of these movies are weak but think of the Doyle story of the Red Headed League. One of the most rediculous plots ever conceived!! You can burn half the Doyle canon for these Rathbone and Bruce movies. Some of their moments are perfect!!!

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