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A reluctant Holmes agrees to help a London museum recover a stolen, rare pearl. But the investigation takes a strange turn when the great detective and his sidekick, Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce), find their mystery linked to a series of odd murders involving the destruction of porcelain china. Typically, "Pearl of Death" has its share of inside jokes for true Sherlockians, including Holmes's declaration, "If I'm wrong, I'll move to Sussex and raise bees." Of course, that's exactly what Doyle's most famous character did upon retirement.
The Scarlet Claw is an original screenplay with elements loosely inspired by Doyle's "The Adventure of the Dancing Men." A skeptical Holmes and Watson attend a meeting of the Royal Canadian Occult Society in Canada, but are soon looking into a killing spree attributed to a fanciful marsh monster. Fantastic events are soon supplanted by an even stranger horror concerning a master actor bent on revenge.
The Spider Woman employs details of Holmes's apparent death and resurrection between "The Final Problem" and its follow-up, "The Adventure of the Empty House." But the movie takes a different direction when a bizarre series of late-night "pajama suicides" finds Holmes probing the involvement of a femme fatale. Of the quartet of features in this set (all produced and directed by the energetic Roy William Neill) Spider Woman has the most vivacity and familiar textures from Doyle's canon.
Finally, "The House of Fear," adapted from "The Five Orange Pips," is a chamber mystery concerning successive murders of the members of an elite club, the Good Comrades. On film, the tale seems a bit ludicrous, but its conclusion is among the most startling in the Rathbone films. There's also a fair amount of comedy between Watson and Inspector Lestrade's bumbling ways. --Tom Keogh
This World War II Sherlock Holmes films are digitally restored to perfect condition...They are restored to show Sherlock Holmes like modern films... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jerry A. Wappula
My wife and I are great fans of Sherlock Holmes and we enjoy all of their movies and now my wife is reading the writing of Sherlock Holmes and she can't put this book down. Read morePublished 6 months ago by William Lundberg
The House of Fear and The Spider Woman are great stories and I never saw these with Jeremy Brett. GreatPublished 9 months ago by A. C. Wagner
Basil and the Dr. are on the move as in the past. One always joins in the mystery and the surprises it brings.Published 11 months ago by James C. Imfeld
These are good movies for people who like detective movies, hours of watching. Good for kids also. Worth the money.Published 19 months ago by Rodney Holmes
I love the old black nd white Sherlock Holmes, best for me when I'm at home and cen't get out because of the rainPublished 22 months ago by Leslie Ford
I'm not writing this to review the films themselves; the wonderful actors with their wonderful over-acting and the charming naivety of the films' shameless use of formula,... Read morePublished on February 26, 2011 by Eudoxos