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Sherlock Holmes in the Spider Woman (1944)

Sherlock Holmes in the Spider Woman (1944)





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Someone in London has driven several prominent men to madness and suicide. Normally, Scotland Yard would call in Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) to help solve the case, but Holmes has recently perished in an accident. Or has he? Officially declared dead, Holmes is able to move about undetected as he tries to find out who's behind the rash of suicides -- and why. The culprit turns out to be the bewitching, deadly Andrea Spedding (Gale Sondergaard), and for once, Holmes seems to have met his match. The now-famous climax finds a bound-and-gagged Holmes hidden behind a shooting-gallery target, while his faithful assistant, Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce), unwittingly prepares to blast away at the target with live ammunition (in wartime, yet). Filled to overflowing with amusing dialogue and devilishly clever plot twists (one of them involving an autistic pygmy!), Sherlock Holmes and the Spider Woman is among the best of the Universal Holmes series. Best bit: told to "act inconspicuous," Inspector Lestrade (Dennis Hoey) ceremoniously rolls his eyes upward and begins whistling loudly -- whereupon Dr. Watson chides him with "Inconspicuous, Lestrade, not half-witted."
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Basil Rathbone
as Sherlock Holmes
Nigel Bruce
as Dr. Watson
Gale Sondergaard
as Andrea Spedding
Dennis Hoey
as Insp. Lestrade
Vernon P. Downing
as Norman Locke
Alec Craig
as Radlik
Arthur Hohl
as Adam Gilflower
Stanley Logan
as Colonel
John Roche
as Croupier
Mary Gordon
as Mrs. Hudson
John Burton
as Announcer
Lydia Bilbrook
as Colonel's wife
Belle Mitchell
as Fortune teller
Harry Cording
as Fred Garvin
John Rogers
as Clerk
Teddy Infur
as Larry
Marie de Becker
as Charwoman
Gene Roth
as Taylor
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Critic Reviews for Sherlock Holmes in the Spider Woman

All Critics (3)

The seventh Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce film in the Sherlock Holmes series is an inspired one.

Full Review… | December 30, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Gale Sondergaard brings a healthy dose of camp glamour as the eponymous villain.

Full Review… | December 21, 2009

This is one of the most clever reimaginings of Doyle's stories to make it into this series of films.

Full Review… | June 9, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Sherlock Holmes in the Spider Woman


A hodge-podge of original material and elements from several classic Doyle stories. Short on mystery, it's more of a cat-and-mouse game, playing out much like a 007 story, or an episode of the campy "Batman" show. The wartime flavor to the climax is an interesting touch. This time around Watson isn't as much of a buffoon as in other installments in the series, though the scene with the entymologist is painful.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

Again, a great tale masterminded by Sherlock Holmes and the lovable Dr Watson. Excellent story as always. Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce are incredible on screen together and I keep getting lost in their adventures. What wonderful story yelling without the blood and gore they need nowadays to keep you sucked in. Total classic...never a waste of time...just a gold ole timing enjoying a perfect movie.

Simone S
Simone S

[center][font=Times New Roman][size=4][color=white][img][/img][/color][/size][/font][/center] [font=Times New Roman][size=4][color=white]Summary (from IMDB): In wartime Britain, Sherlock Holmes feigns death in order to investigate a spate of "pyjama suicides". His suspicions soon fall on the attractive but possibly deadly Andrea Spedding.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=4][color=white]Well, this is my first and only experience with the early Sherlock Holmes films. There are a few others I'd like to see, but I haven't got around to them yet. What you have with The Spider Woman is a very simple yet entertaining mystery film. This film's biggest downfall is that it would probably work just as well as a book as it does as a movie. In other words, there were no standout technical features that make this good to visually watch. Overall, it actually kind of worked like an episode of Scooby Doo - luckily, I love Scooby Doo. The story is simple yet entertaining and that makes it good enough to be fresh.[/color][/size][/font]

Chris Weseloh
Chris Weseloh

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