Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Art of Sherlock Holmes: The Scarlet Claw

This 1944 film, 8th in the Rathbone-Bruce series, is considered one of the best. And thanks to the title, it lends itself to some of the best graphics. The 1-sheet (above) and 3-sheet (below) make it look more like a horror movie than a detective mystery. The 3-sheet's claw, reaching into the screen like a bad 3-D movie ad, is pretty hokey, I admit, but the finely rendered creepy people at the bottom make up for it.

The title card below, despite the Kong-sized claw at center, makes the real claw look like a tool for weeding a flowerbed. 

Meanwhile, down under, the Australians refuse to let such trifles as scarlet claws spoil their sunny dispositions.

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Richard Robinson said...

Very clever comment you made on the third sheet down, Evan. Very clever indeed.

I agree that this is a pretty good one, have seen it many times.

Laurie Powers said...

Indeed - you know your gardening tools. Very nice posters, Dave.

Cap'n Bob said...

This was playing the day after Xmas, if memory serves, on AMC. I enjoyed it.

Martin Edwards said...

The Scarlet Claw is one of my favourites in the series.

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