During WWII several murders occur at a convalescent home where Dr. Watson has volunteered his services. He summons Holmes for help and the master detective proceeds to solve the crime from ... See full summary »
When a Nazi saboteur jeeringly predicts to the nation new depredations, via their radio 'Voice of Terror', the Intellegence Inner Council summons Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) to help in... See full summary »
When the fabled Star of Rhodesia diamond is stolen on a London to Edinburgh train and the son of its owner is murdered, Sherlock Holmes must discover which of his suspicious fellow passengers is responsible.
Sherlock Holmes investigates when young women around London turn up murdered, each with a finger severed off. Scotland Yard suspects a madman, but Holmes believes the killings to be part of a diabolical plot.
When a pearl with a sinister reputation for causing misfortune to its owners is stolen from a museum by a master criminal because of Sherlock Holmes' show-boating, he is naturally obliged to find it. Soon, he learns of a series of brutal murders that seemed to have been commited by a malevolent man mountain known only as the Creeper. Now, Holmes must deal with the seemingly overwhelming menace of this man and his boss in order to retrieve the pearl. Written by
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Rondo Hatton would play a different CREEPER in two follow-ups not related to this film, "House of Horrors" and "The Brute Man, " both completed in 1945, but released following Hatton's death, which occurred on February 2, 1946. See more »
At around 44 minutes, the newspaper says "srriking" instead of "striking". See more »
First Ship's Steward:
I say, we're not at Dover yet, are we?
First Ship's Steward:
No sir, but there's a message for you, sir, in the wireless room.
I'll be right there.
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US War Bonds promo tagged onto the end of the film reads: "You're not giving-just lending-when you buy war savings stamps and bonds-on sale here." See more »
The Universal Holmes series was on a roll at this point, having just
released what is probably the best film in the series, The Scarlet
Claw, earlier the same year. This one is a bit of a step down, but on a
par with earlier films like Sherlock Holmes Faces Death and The Spider
Woman...and on a much higher level than the first three flag-waving
WWII propaganda films.
This entry is based on the Arthur Conan Doyle story, The Six Napoleons.
And while numerous changes were made, it actually follows the original
story more closely than any of the other Universal pictures did. Most
of the films were either very loose adaptations, amalgams of several
different Holmes stories, or original scripts that were merely inspired
by the Conan Doyle canon. This one, however, follows the general
outline of the original story, while adding various subplots along the
way. Overall, it works, even if it does seem to veer off-track at a few
These films were produced at breakneck speed (it was not uncommon for
three Holmes films to be released in a single year) with fairly low
budgets, but Roy William Neill knew how to achieve great results with
his limited resources. As with its immediate predecessors, the
camera-work in The Pearl of Death is strong and evocative, the
direction is confident and effective, and the performances are, at
least for the most part, fine to excellent. Rathbone's Holmes is once
again in his proper element here, and Rathbone makes the most of the
The Pearl of Death is just a step below The Scarlet Claw, in my
estimation...which still makes this outing quite enjoyable. Anyone who
liked The Spider Woman, Sherlock Holmes Faces Death, or The House of
Fear will definitely appreciate this one. Out of the dozen Holmes films
that Universal churned out between 1942 and 1946, this is one of the
eight that I would say deserve to be called "great."
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