#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – While attending a conference in Quebec City, Sherlock Holmes and his good friend, Dr. Watson, are drawn into a murder investigation in the nearby village of La Mort Rouge. Holmes had received a letter from Lady Penrose asking for his assistance as she feared for her life. It was too late, however, as she had already been killed by the time he received it. Her throat was torn out and the local villagers are spreading rumors about monsters and evil spirits as being the cause. Holmes doesn’t believe any of that and sets out to find the killer. He believes that Lady Penrose’s past as an actress may have something to with her death. As others in the village are attacked, Holmes believes the killer is among them, impersonating a local villager as he goes about his business.
Plot: A woman is found dead — with her throat torn out. Villagers blame a supernatural source but Holmes has other ideas.
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The best of the Universal series
This sixth entry in the Universal Sherlock Holmes series was the third which defied the initial conception of the franchise. Universal had envisioned Sherlock Holmes as a sort of archetypal hero who, transported into the modern era of WWII, could be put on the government payroll, as it were, to work as a contract agent to hunt down Nazi spies on behalf of the Allies. Perhaps somewhat unexpectedly, this idea met with a great deal of consternation, not only from serious Sherlockians, but also from film critics whose knowledge of Doyle’s work was marginal at best.
Granted, most of the Holmes films made up to that point had been updated to their respective eras (in fact, only Fox’s two Holmes features with Rathbone and Bruce had taken place in their appropriate time period), but in those cases, the modernization was all on the surface. Automobiles, telephones, and the fashions of the day were all on display…but that was, for all intents and purposes, scenery. The stories, though changed (sometimes drastically) from their original forms, had a timeless quality about them. The first three Universal films, however, were very timely, with plots focused explicitly on the events of the Second World War. This took Holmes out of his element…not only in the literal sense of removing him from Victorian/Edwardian London (as previous films had done), but in transforming the character of Holmes from a consulting detective into a spy-hunter. Indeed, at times, there is more James Bond than Sherlock Holmes in this character. This trend peaked (or bottomed out) with Sherlock Holmes in Washington…the final straw for critics and audiences alike. The film was a critical and box office flop and Universal saw fit to alter the series’ direction from that point on.
Though still taking place in the 1940s, the subsequent films did their best to place Holmes back in his proper role, solving intricate mysteries with deductive reasoning…rather than the pure chance and intuition that often guided him in his forays into international espionage. This may (or may not) be accredited to the director Roy William Neill (who directed all but the first entry in the series), who, with the fourth film, Sherlock Holmes Faces Death, became the associate producer…a title he would retain throughout the series’ run. From that point on, the films became more Gothic in tone, in many ways more closely resembling the Universal horror films of the era than the first three Universal Holmes pictures. This decision yielded immediate positive results. Sherlock Holmes Faces Death was easily the best of the first four entries, and subsequent films topped one another until peaking with The Scarlet Claw.
Oddly enough, the film is set in a French province of Canada…for no discernible reason. The setting is completely superfluous to the plot, which could easily have played out anywhere (ideally Great Britain). This is made all the more puzzling by the fact that the predominant accent present in the film is British, rather than French Canadian…even American actors threw on Brit accents, despite the fact that American accents would have been more sensible in Canada. But no matter. This slight idiosyncrasy aside, The Scarlet Claw is the ultimate Rathbone/Bruce Universal outing. Not adapted from any of the original Doyle tales, (though borrowing heavily from The Hound of the Baskervilles), The Scarlet Claw is dripping with atmosphere. Fog-wreathed marshes are the setting as Holmes tracks a ghostly apparition that has graduated from sheep mutilation to murdering humans. The local villagers believe the culprit to be supernatural, but level-headed Holmes rejects the idea out of hand, and sets himself to the task of finding the murderer.
Rathbone, as Holmes, is at the top of his form here…cold and detached, clinical in his reasoning. And Bruce’s Watson, even in this dumbed down incarnation, is a pleasure to watch. Crisp direction, beautiful cinematography (particularly for a B-film), plenty of twists and turns along the way, and no small amount of deductive reasoning from Holmes, make this the strongest entry in the Universal series. The later films were often good, but none ever matched the achievement of The Scarlet Claw…which is simultaneously Gothic, suspenseful, and very, very Holmesian. It is not without its logical flaws, but the flaws are justified by the picture’s enormous entertainment value. And of all the films in the series, this one is, by far, the most entertaining.
Master of disguise
My favorite Sherlock Holmes film from the Basil Rathbone-Nigel Bruce era is The Scarlet Claw. Interestingly so because the story is not based on any of Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories. But the writers at Universal really caught the Holmes spirit with this one.
Holmes and Watson are in Quebec at a conference on the occult presided over by the titled Paul Cavanaugh. Rathbone ever the believer in pure reason is not a believer in the supernatural happenings that have been reported in Cavanaugh’s area. But during the conference Cavanaugh receives word that his wife was brutally murdered by something resembling an animal’s claw.
After Rathbone and Bruce arrive at the small village where these incidents are taking place two other murders occur. The connection is established and we find out that the murderer is a former actor who served time and is now taking revenge on those he thought had wronged him.
Knowing who it is isn’t enough. The perpetrator is a master of disguise and Holmes gives the devil his due because he’s been known to disguise himself often enough when on a case.
I agree with several reviewers who said that The Scarlet Claw does venture into the Gothic horror genre that Universal did so well back in the day. But that’s all to the good, after all the greatest of Holmes stories does just that also, The Hound Of The Baskervilles.
Even Baker Street purists should like this one.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 14 min (74 min)
Genre Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Director Roy William Neill
Writer Edmund L. Hartmann, Roy William Neill, Paul Gangelin
Actors Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Gerald Hamer
Country United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm