Sherlock Holmes: The House of Fear [DVD] [1945]

Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce reprise their classic roles as Sherlock Holmes and his partner Dr. Watson in this installment from Universal's long-running series, which gets a simple but adequate presentation on DVD. Sherlock Holmes: The House of Fear (based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Adventures of the Five Orange Pips) has been transferred to disc from a newly restored 35mm print, and is presented in the original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1 with the original screen logos and credits. The audio is mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo; the dialogue is in English, with no multiple language options or bonus materials included, though the quality of the visual presentation will certainly please fans of the series.
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The House of Fear
This excellent Sherlock Holmes adventure is based on Conan Doyle's The Five Orange Pips. Most of the action takes place in a remote Scottish mansion, home of "The Good Companions," a group of elderly eccentrics. After taking out insurance policies on one another, the club members begin dropping like flies, each death preceded by a mailed envelope containing an orange pip. Enter Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) and Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce), who hope to not only solve the killings but also find out why the corpses mysteriously disappear after each death. For once, the usually ineffectual Watson takes an active part in the deductive process, uncovering the vital evidence that helps Holmes emerge triumphant once more. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Basil Rathbone
    Basil Rathbone - Sherlock Holmes
  • Nigel Bruce
    Nigel Bruce - Dr. Watson
  • Aubrey Mather
    Aubrey Mather - Alistair
  • Paul Cavanagh
    Paul Cavanagh - Simon Merrivale
  • Harry Cording
    Harry Cording - Cap. John Simpson
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