The first Holmes film in the Universal series to steer clear of overt WW II propaganda--although still set in contemporary times--SHERLOCK HOLMES FACES DEATH begins as Dr. Watson (Bruce) has resumed his medical practice and has taken charge of an army officer's convalescent home located at
Musgrave Manor. When the two male Musgrave heirs (Muir and Worlock) are found murdered after the clock strikes 13, Holmes (Rathbone) is called in to solve the crime. Holmes suspects that a family ritual--the recitation of ancient heraldic verses handed down by several generations of
Musgraves--contains the clues to the motivation for the murders. Holmes deduces that the verses re...