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The Spider Woman / The Voice of Terror (Sherlock Holmes) (1955)

Basil Rathbone , Nigel Bruce , Roy William Neill , John Rawlins  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Gale Sondergaard, Dennis Hoey, Vernon Downing
  • Directors: Roy William Neill, John Rawlins
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MPI Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 8, 2009
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002OQZE6S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,394 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Spiderwoman- London is in a panic over a series of apparent "Pajama Suicides." Sherlock Holmes, however, is more inclined to believe that they are calculated murders. It is up to the great detective and his faithful cohort Dr. Watson to discover the motive and the means of these crimes and to unmask the murderer.

The Voice of Terror- When taunting saboteurs warn of a Nazi invasion of the British Isles through their horrific radio menace the Voice of Terror, the British Intelligence s Inner Council calls in Sherlock Holmes to help in the crisis. On the first night of their inquiry, Holmes and Watson find a dying man on their doorstep. His last word sends Holmes to London s seedy Limehouse district, where he enlists the aid of Kitty, the sweetheart of the slain man, to help find the saboteurs.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Deductive Reasoning! January 11, 2013
By Louise
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It doesn't take a lot of deductive reasoning to figure out that Holmes has a real problem. A FEMALE PROBLEM! She is called the Spider Woman. Her real name is Adria Spedding, a cunning murderess! A series of Pajama Suicides have taken place and have been in the papers all over London. Holmes is inclined to believe that the suicides are murders. Murder for money! The victims are rich with insurance policies. Holmes suspects another Moriarty is at work here. Possibly Miss Adria Spedding The Spider Woman!
The next case for Holmes involves the Nazis! That's right! It is World War II. A saboteur gets on the radio to tell of Nazi invasion to the British Isles. British Intelligence's Inner Council calls on Sherlock Holmes. Holmes inlists the help of Kitty who's sweetheart was slain by the saboteurs(Nazis). However there is a leak! One of the British Intelligence is on the Nazi's side! Can Sherlock Holmes find the voice of terror and the leak in the council? These movies have been beautifully RESTORED and the black and white is very clear as is the sound. This is a great addition to your Sherlock Holmes collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 10 deductions outta 10********** February 27, 2014
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WOW!! If you are looking for episodes of Sherlock Holmes with Basil, no impostors need apply, these redone issues are unbelievably flawless. For years and years, years and years ago, I watched these movies late at night no matter what condition they were in, or how bad the transmission quality. Not any more, I got 'em in pristine condition, and retouched by the UCLA film dept.. The movies are incredibly sharp and clear. The blacks look black, and the whites look white, like they should. Any Basil fan of Sherlock should be gobbling these up fast. I'm going to get the final two discs also.

I'm not going to review the movies at all. What is the point? You are either a Sherlock fan or not. I grew up with these movies from the 30s-40s and they are flat out fun. NO, I didn't watch them in the 30s or 40s, but 50s to 60s and beyond. These movies will always entertain. If you are not from that era, give them a try anyway. Watch these along with the new king of Sherlocks, the Cumberbatch PBS series, and compare notes. The new PBS series is possibly the best show on TV now. Check it out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chronologically, My Dear Dr. Watson October 22, 2014
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When a pre-existing series like this is released to DVD I often find it puzzling how they decide to package it. In this particular case a person potentially interested in viewing these films cannot tell from the Product Description what order they were originally released.

Obviously there are dates are microscopically printed at the lower back insert. But what would be so hard to sequentially number them in there proper chronological order. As is the case with everything I am sure there is some financial motive to their approach. These are the films and their original date of release:

The Hound of the Baskervilles - March 31, 1939
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - September 01, 1939 [1]
Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror - September 18, 1942
Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon - February 12, 1943 [2]
Sherlock Holmes in Washington - April 30 1943
Sherlock Holmes Faces Death - September 17, 1943
The Spider Woman - January 21, 1944
The Scarlet Claw - May 26, 1944
The Pearl of Death - September 22, 1944
Sherlock Holmes and the House of Fear - March 16, 1945
The Woman in Green - June 15, 1945 [2]
Pursuit to Algiers - October 26, 1945
Terror by Night - February 01, 1946 [2]
Dressed to Kill - June 07, 1946 [2]

[1] - These first two movies were produced by 20th Century Fox and set in their original Victorian era of the late 1800's. The remaining 12 movies were produced by Universal Studious and relocated to the then present day 1940's.

[2] - These 4 films are not available in this "Double Feature" release. In 2006 they became part of the public domain which allowed them to be digitally restored and computer colorized. They were then released as a 4-pack (ASIN: B00370I5VQ), and as much as I detest the desecration of B&W movies, they are actually pretty sharp viewing. I hope this helped.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HOLMES' TRIUMPHS ONCE AGAIN August 6, 2014
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I FIRST SAW "HOLMES & THE SPIDER WOMAN, IN A SEVERELY EDITED VERSION IN AUGUST 1954, ON THE CBS EARLY SHOW. I WAS ABOUT 14 AND IT BROUGHT BACK MEMORIES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES FILMS I HAD BEEN TAKE TO SEE WHEN I WAS A YOUNG BOY. THE SPIDER WOMAN FILM WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE HOLMES FILMS. CBS HAD BEGUN TO TELEVISE ALL OF THE BASIL RATHBONE/NIGEL BRUCE FILMS. I CANNOT EXPLAIN THE PLOT OR THE STORY BECAUSE IT WOULDN'T BE RIGHT TO GIVE AWAY ANY OF THE FILM'S PLOT POINTS/ ALL I CAN SAY IS SEE THE FILM YOURSELF, YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED. RATHBONE'S HOLMES IS HOLMES AT HIS MOST SUPERIOR AND WATSON IS NIGEL BRUCE AT HIS PHUMFFERING BEST. DENN IS HOEY'S PLAYS LeSTRADE WITH A COCKNEY ACCENT AND DISPLAYS ALL OF HIS ENVY OF HOLME. YOU'LL ENJOY S' METHODS OF DETECTION.. THAT'S ALL WISH TO SAY. SEE THIS AND ANY OF BASIL RATHBONE'S HOLMES FILMS SECURE IN THE KNOWLEDGE, THAT YOU'LL ENJOY THEM ALL.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 13, 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars BASIL RATHBONE June 28, 2014
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TO ME THERE WAS NEVER A GOOD SHERLOCK HOLMES BUT MR RATHBONE AND HIS SIDE KICK BUDDY NIGEL BRUCE AS DOCTOR WATSON; WHO I NICKNAMED; MUMBLES. A TREMENDOUS TEAM TOGETHER.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Always a pleasure May 27, 2014
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Once again both films are fun to watch, but neither ranks as the best in the series. THE VOICE OF TERROR has a good cast, but the bizarre hairdo for Holmes was distracting. The cast was very good, but the film didn't play fair with the audience as Edgar Barrier supplied the radio voice heard and not the actor revealed as the villain. But it does end with the marvelous speech by Holmes from "His Last Bow". THE SPIDER WOMAN. with its nasty bugs and series of suicides has its moments, but the ending in a shooting gallery was decidedly lame. I'm not familiar with British insurance laws, but it always seemed strange to see policies on suicides being paid. Nitpicking aside, all the films in the series are welcome viewing.
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