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The Sign of Four

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In this Sherlock Holmes mystery, the great detective and Dr. Watson help a young woman who has received a giant pearl from a mysterious man. The woman, to whom Watson is very attracted, is also searching for her father who has mysteriously disappeared. Holmes and the Dr. first go to the home of a flamboyant fellow in South London. This man too is being harassed by the mysterious stranger. This leads the sleuths to a one-legged criminal and his assistant, a dwarf. The story climaxes with a thrilling motor boat ...
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Overview

In this Sherlock Holmes mystery, the great detective and Dr. Watson help a young woman who has received a giant pearl from a mysterious man. The woman, to whom Watson is very attracted, is also searching for her father who has mysteriously disappeared. Holmes and the Dr. first go to the home of a flamboyant fellow in South London. This man too is being harassed by the mysterious stranger. This leads the sleuths to a one-legged criminal and his assistant, a dwarf. The story climaxes with a thrilling motor boat chase down the Thames.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The 1932 adaptation of the classic Sherlock Holmes mystery, The Sign of Four, is overall only adequate, but it's worth seeing if for no other reason than to get Arthur Wontner's take on the lead character. Wontner is not as satisfying as such later interpreters as Basil Rathbone and Jeremy Brett, but his is a fine and worthy one that makes for a nice change. He's appropriately shrewd and clever and displays a surprising amount of energy, as well as a nice touch of smugness. On the debit side, he's a bit too snide with Watson, although scenarist W.P. Lipscomb paints the character as such a slow witted fellow that it's easy to sympathize. The screenplay untangles the storytelling of the novel, thus reducing the tension and the suspense a bit, but it is otherwise pretty faithful. The sound is quite poor, which will be a problem for many viewers. Director Graham Cutts handles some sequences rather well, such as the warehouse scene, but he muddies others. Ian Hunter is fine as Watson, ditto Isla Bevan as the lady of the story.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2003
  • UPC: 089218418395
  • Original Release: 1932
  • Rating:

  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Region Code: 0
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:14:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 73,296

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Arthur Wontner Sherlock Holmes
Isla Bevan Mary Morstan
Ian Hunter Dr. John H. Watson
Gilbert Davis Athelney Jones
Graham [Ben] Soutten Jonathan Small
Edgar Norfolk Capt. Morstan
Roy Emerton Bailey
Clare Greet Mrs. Hudson
Herbert Lomas Maj. John Sholto
Miles Malleson Thaddeus Sholto
Kynaston Reeves Bartholomew
Technical Credits
Graham Cutts Director
Rowland V. Lee Director, Producer
Robert de Grasse Cinematographer
Basil Dean Producer
W.P. Lipscomb Screenwriter
Otto Ludwig Editor
Robert G. Martin Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [14:42]
2. Chapter 2 [8:45]
3. Chapter 3 [17:28]
4. Chapter 4 [8:15]
5. Chapter 5 [12:04]
6. Chapter 6 [11:27]
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