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Bertram Millhauser (screenplay)
Arthur Conan Doyle (story)
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Release Date:
1 August 1944 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
THE SECRET OF THE GEM OF DOOM! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
When a valuable pearl with a sinister reputation is stolen, Sherlock Holmes must investigate its link to a series of brutal murders. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Another good Holmes entry from Universal See more (49 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Basil Rathbone ... Sherlock Holmes

Nigel Bruce ... Doctor Watson
Dennis Hoey ... Inspector Lestrade
Evelyn Ankers ... Naomi Drake

Miles Mander ... Giles Conover

Ian Wolfe ... Amos Hodder
Charles Francis ... Digby
Holmes Herbert ... James Goodram
Richard Aherne ... Bates (as Richard Nugent)
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. Hudson
Rondo Hatton ... The Creeper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
J.W. Austin ... Police Sergeant Bleeker (uncredited)
Wilson Benge ... Second Ship's Steward (uncredited)

Billy Bevan ... Constable (uncredited)
Lillian Bronson ... Harker's Housekeeper (uncredited)
Harry Cording ... George Gelder (uncredited)
Harold De Becker ... Boss (uncredited)
Leslie Denison ... Police Sergeant Murdock (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... Security Guard (uncredited)
Leyland Hodgson ... Customs Officer (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Security Guard (uncredited)
Charles Knight ... Bearded Man (uncredited)
Connie Leon ... Ellen Carey (uncredited)
Audrey Manners ... Body of Teacher (uncredited)
John Merkyl ... Dr. Julien Boncourt (uncredited)
Arthur Mulliner ... Thomas Sandeford (uncredited)
Arthur Stenning ... First Ship's Steward (uncredited)
David Thursby ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Conover's Chauffeur (uncredited)

Directed by
Roy William Neill 
 
Writing credits
Bertram Millhauser (screenplay)

Arthur Conan Doyle (story "The Six Napoleons") (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

Produced by
Roy William Neill .... producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Sawtell (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Virgil Miller (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ray Snyder 
 
Art Direction by
John B. Goodman 
Martin Obzina 
 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman 
Edward R. Robinson  (as E.R. Robinson)
 
Costume Design by
Vera West (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Melville Shyer .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Bernard B. Brown .... sound director
Joe Lapis .... sound technician
 
Music Department
Paul Sawtell .... musical director
William Lava .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Frank Skinner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Raymond Kessler .... dialogue director (as Ray Kessler)
 
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Also Known As:
"Sherlock Holmes in Pearl of Death" - USA (DVD title)
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Runtime:
69 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-7 (2013) | Finland:(Banned) (1948) | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #10184)

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Trivia:
For some curious reason Holmes' cluttered Baker Street apartment has a photograph of a beardless Abraham Lincoln.See more »
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Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): At around 44 minutes, the newspaper says "srriking" instead of "striking".See more »
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Sherlock Holmes:[sitting down gingerly to remove his make-up] Oh, I'm as stiff as a varnished eel!See more »
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Another good Holmes entry from Universal, 22 February 2006
Author: james_oblivion from Nowhere Interesting

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 points.

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 character.

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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