Saturday, 23 January 2010

Sherlock Holmes and the House of Fear (1945)

Sherlock Holmes and the House of Fear is another of the good Holmes movies from the forties; it has a strong plot with plenty of twists and turns, with the final solution being both ingenious and most unexpected. The story revolves around a castle where a club - made up entirely of wealthy, unattached gentleman - meet regularly. The Baker Street detective is brought in when two of the members die under mysterious circumstances - not the least of which being their receipt of a letter containing orange pips the night before they die.

Watson and Lestrade are at it again, constantly jumping to conclusions, insulting each other and in Watson's case falling asleep at the most inappropriate times. Suspicion jumps from one person to another rapidly and the ending is quite brilliant - doubly so as the ridiculous speeches have been dispensed with. All in all, a jolly good showing from Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce.

See also: Sherlock Holmes - The Definitive Collection review

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