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The Scarlet Claw (1944)

The Scarlet Claw (1944)

The Scarlet Claw





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Though it is not based on any Conan Doyle story, The Scarlet Claw is regarded by Baker Street aficionados as the best of Universal's Sherlock Holmes series. Holmes (Basil Rathbone) and Watson (Nigel Bruce) journey to Canada to investigate a series of mysterious murders. All the victims have been found with their throats ripped out (yecch!). Halfway through the film, Holmes deduces that the culprit is a demented actor, wreaking vengeance on those who've wronged him in some way or other. The actor is a master of disguise, and could be anyone in the village -- from the constable to the postman to the reclusive, violence-prone innkeeper (Arthur Hohl). Alas, the publicity photos sent out with The Scarlet Claw gave away the identity of the killer -- something we have no intention of doing here.more
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Edmund Hartman, Edmund L. Hartmann, Roy William Neill
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 25, 2003
Universal Pictures


Basil Rathbone
as Sherlock Holmes
Nigel Bruce
as Dr. John H. Watson
Gerald Hamer
as Potts/Tanner/Ramson
Paul Cavanagh
as Lord William Penrose
Arthur Hohl
as Emile Journet
Kay Harding
as Marie Journet
Miles Mander
as Judge Brisson
David Clyde
as Sgt. Thompson
Ian Wolfe
as Drake
George Kirby
as Father Pierre
Frank O'Connor
as Cab Driver
Harry Allen
as Taylor, the Storeke...
Olaf Hytten
as Hotel Desk Clerk
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All Critics (2)

The fog machines are kept busy.

Full Review… | December 29, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Scooby-Doo meets Sherlock Holmes.

Full Review… | October 7, 2006
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Audience Reviews for The Scarlet Claw


Excellent Sherlock Holmes adventure. The mystery actually draws you in and has questions to be answered. Unlike most mysteries of today the film isn't desperate to surprise you with some ridiculous/confusing motive. It is possible to work out who did it, but that's part of the fun. Working it out with Holmes. The art direction is superb, creating gothic scenes on the streets and in the marshes. Rathbone and Bruce's chemistry also plays well, with Rathbone as a fairly pompous but also impressive Holmes and Bruce as sometimes comic but still useful Watson. It concentrates on the mystery and leaves characterisation well alone. Though at not much over an hour it's a fantastic "Who Done It?"

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

Great atmosphere in one of the better Rathbone Sherlock Holmes films.

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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