The Spider Woman (1943)

59m 22s (UK – video), 62m 17s (UK – theatrical), 63m
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Roy William Neill. It is the seventh in a series of films featuring Basil Rathbone as and Nigel Bruce as Watson.

Plot Summary

‘Resurrected' following his faked suicide while on a fishing trip in Scotland, Sherlock Holmes returns to London to investigate a series of bizarre suicides that he comes to believe are actually murders. He and Watson find themselves tangling with the alluring but deadly Andrea Spedding who keeps a nasty secret in her trunk…


* = uncredited

Directed by: Roy William Neill
Copyright MCMXLIII [1943] Universal Pictures Company Inc
Universal presents a Universal picture
Produced by: Roy William Neill
Screenplay by: Bertram Millhauser
Based on a story [The Sign of Four, The Final Problem, The Adventure of the Empty House, The Adventure of the Devil's Foot and The Adventure of the Speckled Band] by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Director of Photography: Charles Van Enger
Film Editor: William Austin
Musical Director: H.J. Salter
Music: Hans J. Salter *, Frank Skinner *
Sound Director: Bernard B. Brown
Technician: Paul Neal
Western Electric Recording
Gowns: Vera West
Art Direction: John B. Goodman, Martin Obzina
Set Decorations: R.A. Gausman [real name: Russell A. Gausman], Edward Ray Robinson

Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes
Nigel Bruce as Dr [John H.] Watson
Gale Sondergaard (Andrea Spedding)
Dennis Hoey (Inspector Lestrade)
Vernon Downing (Norman Locke)
Alec Craig (Radlik)
Arthur Hohl (Adam Gilflower)
Mary Gordon (Mrs Hudson)
Lydia Bilbrook [Colonel's wife] *
John Burton [announcer] *
Harry Cording [Fred Garvin] *
Marie De Becker [charwoman] *
Teddy Infuhr [Larry] *
Stanley Logan [Colonel] *
Belle Mitchell [fortune teller] *
John Roche [croupier] *
John Rogers [clerk] *
Angelo Rossitto [pygmy] *
Gene Roth [Taylor] *
Donald Stuart [Artie] *

Alternative Titles

La donna ragno – Italy
Sherlock Holmes – Italy
Sherlock Holmes and the Spider Woman
Das Spinnennetz – Germany

See also
Spider Woman Strikes Back (1946)



  • Kine Weekly no.1918 (20 January 1944) – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.11 p.6 – credits, review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.154 no.3 (15 January 1944) – review
  • New York Motion Picture Critics Reviews vol.1 no.1 (20 March 1944) pp.493, 494 – credits, review
  • Today's Cinema vol.62 no.4981 (14 January 1944) – review


  • Feature Films, 1940-1949: A United States Filmography by Alan G. Fetrow p.445
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.366-367
  • Universal Horrors by Michael Brunas, John Brunas and Tom Weaver – credits, review