Scarlet Claw

The Scarlet Claw

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Director: Roy William Neill

Cast: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Gerald Hamer

     
 

Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce once again portray Sherlock Holmes and his partner Dr. Watson in this episode from Universal's long running mystery series, which gets a simple but strong presentation on DVD. Sherlock Holmes: The Scarlet Claw has been transferred to disc from a newly restored 35mm print, and is presented in the original full-frame aspect ratio of…  See more details below

Overview

Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce once again portray Sherlock Holmes and his partner Dr. Watson in this episode from Universal's long running mystery series, which gets a simple but strong presentation on DVD. Sherlock Holmes: The Scarlet Claw has been transferred to disc from a newly restored 35mm print, and is presented in the original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1 with the original screen logos and credits. The audio is mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo; the dialogue is in English, with no multiple language options or bonus materials included, though the quality of the visual presentation will certainly please fans of the series.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although not based upon anything in the Arthur Conan Doyle canon, The Scarlet Claw is nonetheless one of the best episodes in the Sherlock Holmes series. Like most of the entries, this one has been set in contemporary times, which is always a bit unsettling. But, perhaps because it's set in a perpetually fog-enshrouded backwoods town in Canada, Claw feels as if it's set closer to Holmes' correct era. More importantly, Claw has a clever script that, while it fudges the tone of Doyle a little bit, features a plot that would have made Doyle proud. While Watson has by this point become a bit too dithering for purists (no fault of Nigel Bruce, who makes the dithering enjoyable), Holmes as written here is near his best and most faithful. Basil Rathbone is his usual expert self and brings a slightly keener edge to bear than in some of the other Holmes films, due no doubt to opportunities provided by Claw's sharper writing. Gerald Hamer strikes just the right notes throughout, and Paul Cavanaugh plays the "is he or isn't he" game to perfection. Roy William Neill turns in some of his best work in the series, and his always carefully framed and lit shots are especially atmospheric herein. As a matter of fact, aside from a bizarre and out-of-place homage to Canada at the very end of the film, there's precious little to complain about with Claw.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/25/2003
UPC:
0030306755397
Original Release:
1944
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mpi Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:14:00
Sales rank:
39,452

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes
Nigel Bruce Dr. John H. Watson
Gerald Hamer Potts/Tanner/Ramson
Paul Cavanagh Lord William Penrose
Arthur Hohl Emile Journet
Miles Mander Judge Brisson
Kay Harding Marie Journet
David Clyde Sgt. Thompson
Victoria Horne Nora
Harry Allen Taylor, the Storekeeper
Gertrude Astor Woman
Olaf Hytten Hotel Desk Clerk
Frank O'Connor Cab Driver
Ian Wolfe Drake the Butler
George Kirby Father Pierre

Technical Credits
Roy William Neill Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Bernard B. Brown Sound/Sound Designer
Ralph M. DeLacey Art Director
John P. Fulton Special Effects
Paul Gangelin Original Story
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
John B. Goodman Art Director
Edmund L. Hartmann Screenwriter
Paul Landres Editor
George Robinson Cinematographer
Hans J. Salter Score Composer
Paul Sawtell Musical Direction/Supervision
Ira S. Webb Set Decoration/Design
Brenda Weisberg Original Story

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Open [1:20]
2. For Whom the Bell Tolls [7:54]
3. "Retained By a Corpse." [8:00]
4. Journet Interrupted [5:56]
5. Watson Inconspicuous [10:34]
6. Sherlock Holmes Baffled [4:42]
7. The Dog in the Day Time [5:13]
8. The Man With the Limp [8:21]
9. Dressed to Kill [11:42]
10. Final Acts [9:37]
11. End Credits [:28]

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The Scarlet Claw 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I get sick of the pedants calling Bruce a baffoon and then simply dismissing all these movies of Rathbone and Bruce. If they watch this restored DVD of the Scarlet Claw they will likely change their tune and get a few more of these restored gems. This one is the best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am old enough to have seen the theatrical releases of the Sherlock Holmes movies starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. I'm fond of them all, but even after all these years The Scarlet Claw remains my favorite. There are no spies, no femme fatales, and not even a hint of Professor Moriaty. What it does have is a genuinely creepy atmosphere and some real edge-of-your-seat suspense, and the final scene where the identity of the murderer is revealed is a dandy! Oddly, the movie is not based on one of Conan Doyle's books. Even so, I think Sir Arthur would approve of this classic. I believe you will too when you see it!