Sherlock Holmes Faces Death [DVD] [1943]

Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce star in the 1943 mystery Sherlock Holmes Faces Death, released on DVD from MPI. The U.C.L.A. Film and Television Archive has digitally restored the original black-and-white 35 mm print. Presented with a standard full-frame transfer and Dolby Digital Stereo sound in English. There are no subtitles or special features, but it does include the war bond tag, studio logo, and credits from its original theatrical release.
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Special Features

  • Audio commentary
  • Photo gallery
  • Posters
  • Interactive menus
  • Scene access


Sherlock Holmes Faces Death
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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Basil Rathbone
    Basil Rathbone - Sherlock Holmes
  • Nigel Bruce
    Nigel Bruce - Dr. John H. Watson
  • Hillary Brooke
    Hillary Brooke - Sally Musgrave
  • Milburn Stone
    Milburn Stone - Capt. Vickery
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    Arthur Margetson - Dr. Sexton
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