The Scarlet Claw


The Scarlet Claw (1944)




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Though it is not based on any Conan Doyle story, this film is regarded by Baker Street aficionados as the best of Universal's Sherlock Holmes series. Holmes and Watson journey to Canada to investigate a series of mysterious murders. All the victims have been found with their throats ripped out.


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 Storekeeper
Olaf Hytten
as Hotel Desk Clerk
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Critic Reviews for The Scarlet Claw

All Critics (2)

The fog machines are kept busy.

Dec 29, 2009 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Scooby-Doo meets Sherlock Holmes.

Oct 7, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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
Luke Baldock

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

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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