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Sherlock Holmes: The Scarlet Claw [DVD] [1944]

Release Date:11/25/2003
Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce once again portray Sherlock Holmes and his partner Dr. Watson in this episode from Universal's long running mystery series, which gets a simple but strong presentation on DVD. Sherlock Holmes: The Scarlet Claw 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 Scarlet Claw
    Though it is not based on any Conan Doyle story, The Scarlet Claw is regarded by Baker Street aficionados as the best of Universal's Sherlock Holmes series. Holmes (Basil Rathbone) and Watson (Nigel Bruce) journey to Canada to investigate a series of mysterious murders. All the victims have been found with their throats ripped out (yecch!). Halfway through the film, Holmes deduces that the culprit is a demented actor, wreaking vengeance on those who've wronged him in some way or other. The actor is a master of disguise, and could be anyone in the village -- from the constable to the postman to the reclusive, violence-prone innkeeper (Arthur Hohl). Alas, the publicity photos sent out with The Scarlet Claw gave away the identity of the killer -- something we have no intention of doing here. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Basil Rathbone
      Basil Rathbone - Sherlock Holmes
    • Nigel Bruce
      Nigel Bruce - Dr. John H. Watson
    • Gerald Hamer
      Gerald Hamer - Potts/Tanner/Ramson
    • Paul Cavanagh
      Paul Cavanagh - Lord William Penrose
    • Arthur Hohl
      Arthur Hohl - Emile Journet

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