Sherlock Holmes Faces Death Reviews
January 25, 2009
One more classic Holmes/Watson Tale. I love how they kept coming up with different tales for these 2 sleuths. I truly wish they would could up with something like for modern times, not some of the stupid ones as of lately. But thank goodness there are these here...excellent stories.
August 8, 2014
Last weekend, when I was first struck down by this nasty cold, I watched another of the Rathbone & Bruce Sherlock Holmes films to whisk me away from my stupor. I probably watched all 14 in the series with my Dad on Saturday nights on Channel 38 back in the early '80s, but the plots are largely forgotten now. And even though I read the complete Conan Doyle stories/novellas a few years ago, that hardly affects my ability to recognize much in these liberal adaptations. Faces Death comes closest to the old Charlie Chan formula that sees the detective confronting a houseful of suspect character actors - only unlike in Chan films, there are only 1 or 2 plausible suspects here and one of them gives himself away so badly that the solution to the murders is rather obvious (even if his reasons remain unclear until the end). However, somehow, the creepy weirdness of the setting (an old mansion that has become a convalescence home for veterans, complete with secret passages and dank dungeon) manages to elevate the film beyond its otherwise not so dramatic plot.
September 4, 2012
A Holmes mystery, which involves a meaningless family ritual, a fantastic chessboard riddle, and a huge amount of money as the main motive for the murders. Sherlock Holmes' omnipresent wit and Dr. Watson's humorous and silly attitude make up for a pleasurable combination. The case is suspenseful until the very end, the dialogues are top-notich and the grim aura that surrounds the Musgrove estate is horrifying.
July 20, 2012
suspense till the end...enjoyed it..bit of a slow starter too..
March 24, 2012
another atmospheric classic,super.
March 18, 2011
Loved this movie! "what's this? Hello" Sherlock Holmes.
November 1, 2010
The propaganda facade is gone, but unfortunately this one's a bit limp. It's bereft of atmosphere, and even Rathbone seems a little bored. Bruce gets more to do though, which is OK. One particularly pointless sequence involves Holmes setting up a human chessboard, while using an analogous standard chess board to figure out a puzzle. When he reaches the end of the puzzle, he comes to such a generic conclusion that the human chessboard had absolutely no purpose at all. Neither did the smaller chessboard, for that matter, but Neill gets to unsubtly plant clues as to who the bad guy is. Not much of an excuse.