Sherlock Holmes Faces Death


Sherlock Holmes Faces Death

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There are those who consider Sherlock Holmes Faces Death to be the best of Universal's Holmes series, though others hold out for 1944's The Scarlet Claw. Based loosely on Conan Doyle's The Musgrave Ritual, the plot finds Holmes (Basil Rathbone) and Watson (Nigel Bruce) being summoned to the Musgrave estate when several mysterious murders occur. By the time the mystery is solved, Sally Musgrave (Hillary Brooke), young mistress of the estate, has decided to donate her property to "the people" as part of the war effort, cuing another of Holmes' patriotic curtain speeches. The best moment occurs when Holmes suddenly realizes that the floor of Musgrave castle resembles a huge chess board -- a clue vital to the ultimate solution of the case. Peter Lawford shows up unbilled as an inebriated sailor.


Basil Rathbone
as Sherlock Holmes
Nigel Bruce
as Doctor Watson
Hillary Brooke
as Sally Musgrave
Milburn Stone
as Captain Pat Vickery
Dennis Hoey
as Inspector Lestrade
Arthur Margetson
as Dr. Sexton
Minna Phillips
as Mrs. Howells
Gavin Muir
as Phillip Musgrave
Gerald Hamer
as Maj. Langford
Olaf Hytten
as Capt. MacIntosh
Frederic Worlock
as Geoffrey Musgrave
Peter Lawford
as 2nd Sailor
Harold De Becker
as Pub proprietor
Mary Gordon
as Mrs. Hudson
Ian Wolfe
as Antique Store Clerk
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