Sherlock Holmes in the Spider Woman (1944) - Rotten Tomatoes

Sherlock Holmes in the Spider Woman1944

Sherlock Holmes in the Spider Woman (1944)





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Someone in London has driven several prominent men to madness and suicide. Normally, Scotland Yard would call in Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) to help solve the case, but Holmes has recently perished in an accident. Or has he? Officially declared dead, Holmes is able to move about undetected as he tries to find out who's behind the rash of suicides -- and why. The culprit turns out to be the bewitching, deadly Andrea Spedding (Gale Sondergaard), and for once, Holmes seems to have met his match. The now-famous climax finds a bound-and-gagged Holmes hidden behind a shooting-gallery target, while his faithful assistant, Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce), unwittingly prepares to blast away at the target with live ammunition (in wartime, yet). Filled to overflowing with amusing dialogue and devilishly clever plot twists (one of them involving an autistic pygmy!), Sherlock Holmes and the Spider Woman is among the best of the Universal Holmes series. Best bit: told to "act inconspicuous," Inspector Lestrade (Dennis Hoey) ceremoniously rolls his eyes upward and begins whistling loudly -- whereupon Dr. Watson chides him with "Inconspicuous, Lestrade, not half-witted."

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Basil Rathbone
as Sherlock Holmes
Nigel Bruce
as Dr. Watson
Gale Sondergaard
as Andrea Spedding
Dennis Hoey
as Insp. Lestrade
Vernon P. Downing
as Norman Locke
Alec Craig
as Radlik
Arthur Hohl
as Adam Gilflower
John Roche
as Croupier
Mary Gordon
as Mrs. Hudson
John Burton
as Announcer
Lydia Bilbrook
as Colonel's wife
Belle Mitchell
as Fortune teller
Harry Cording
as Fred Garvin
Marie de Becker
as Charwoman
Gene Roth
as Taylor
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Critic Reviews for Sherlock Holmes in the Spider Woman

All Critics (3)

The seventh Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce film in the Sherlock Holmes series is an inspired one.

December 30, 2009 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Gale Sondergaard brings a healthy dose of camp glamour as the eponymous villain.

December 21, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

This is one of the most clever reimaginings of Doyle's stories to make it into this series of films.

June 9, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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