Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Scarlet Claw (1944), Roy William Neill.

Not particularly convincing French Canadians!

A friend of mine has a great business idea:  if you are planning a boring social event, hire a French Canadian!  They can work the room, tell jokes and have a great time!  This is why it's obvious Universal clearly hired a bunch of fakes for this movie.  Holmes and Watson travel to Canada (or, more precisely, the province of Quebec) and stumble upon the trail of dead bodies left by a homicidal maniac wielding a garden implement.  Features one character who does nothing but sell plaid fabric to the town's inhabitants  (now that, I can believe).  Note: Please, Canadian men:  for the love of God, stop wearing chequed shirts.  Topped off by this Churchill quotation on Canada:  "Relations of friendly intimacy with the United States on the one hand and their unswerving fidelity to the British commonwealth and the motherland on the other."  Cripes, now I feel dirty and have to go take a bath!

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