The House of Fear


Sherlock Holmes and dr. Watson (Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce) go to Scotland to investigate murders among a group of men; one after one, a ”Good Comrade” receives a mysterious letter and is subsequently killed. The tenth film in the franchise is loosely based on a Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story, but this new twist still delivers the goods (even though it may not hold up to closer scrutiny). The mystery echoes ”And Then There Were None”. Watching Holmes, Watson and later on Lestrade try to avoid more murders inside an old Scottish mansion is a lot of fun; the three of them are a humorous contrast to the agitated potential victims.

1945-U.S. 69 min. B/W. Directed by Roy William Neill. Story: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (”The Adventure of the Five Orange Pips”). Cast: Basil Rathbone (Sherlock Holmes), Nigel Bruce (John Watson), Dennis Hoey (Lestrade), Aubrey Mather, Paul Cavanagh, Holmes Herbert.

Trivia: Followed by The Woman in Green (1945).



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