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The working title of this film was Invitation to Death. According to modern sources, the screenplay was loosely based on two of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories, "The Adventures of the Empty House," (Strand Oct, 1903) and "The Adventures of the Dying Detective," (Strand, December 1913), but onscreen credits indicate that the story was based only Conan Doyle's characters, and the film bears little resemblance to either of those stories. The onscreen credits incorrectly spell Henry Daniell's character as "Moriarity."
Modern sources add the following names to the crew credits: Production Manager Charles Stallings; Camera Operator Ross Hoffman; Special Effects Chris Guthrie; and Prop master William Nunley. Modern sources add to the cast: Kay Harding (Victim), Maurice Marks (Basil Rathbone's stand-in) and Capt. George Hill (Nigel Bruce's stand-in). For information on other films featuring the Arthur Conan Doyle characters, please consult the Series Index and see the entry above for Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror, and the entries for Sherlock Holmes and The Hound of the Baskervilles in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3. 4020 and F3.2009.