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Director:
Writers:
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 excellent adventure for Sherlock Holmes! See more (50 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)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

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:
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 »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): At around 44 minutes, the newspaper says "srriking" instead of "striking".See more »
Quotes:
Sherlock Holmes:Watson, look sharp, will you? Go to that door to the alley, and do exactly as I tell you.
Dr. John H. Watson:Huh?
Sherlock Holmes:No, not "huh". Just do it.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes (1985) (V)See more »

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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Another excellent adventure for Sherlock Holmes!, 25 June 2005
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

This entry in Universal's awesome and prolific series of Sherlock Holmes films is one of the best that I've seen. The series works because it offers a solid hour (or so) of light entertainment, which it peppers with good humour and an engaging plot; and that is something that is masterfully handled with this movie. The plot of this film is great, and it follows Sherlock Holmes as he makes a rare blunder which leads to a rare and valuable pearl being stolen from a museum. It is then left up to the main man to make up for his mistake as he attempts to search for the lost gem and get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding it's disappearance. This plot makes a great base for a tale about the great detective as it puts him in a position that we don't usually see him in - the man in the wrong. Aside from being amusing, this also gives us the chance to see a different side of Basil Rathbone's portrayal of the great detective. His mannerisms and facial expressions as he realises the trouble that his showboating has brought are priceless, and a highlight of the series on the whole.

Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce make for a great on-screen duo as Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick, Dr Watson and they are joined by the inept police sergeant; Lestrade, and that only increases the comedy element of the movie. The plot line this time doesn't break any new boundaries where mystery plotting is concerned, but it ensures that the film always runs smoothly through it's short running time. It also makes for some great dialogue, and Holmes' speech towards the end is of particular note for being really well done. The atmosphere for this movie is really well done, and as we follow someone that breaks people's backs during the night; this helps the story immensely. My only criticism of this film really is the same one that could be applied to most of the series, and that's that the film is far too short, and we can never really get our teeth into the mystery because the film just isn't on for long enough. However, aside from that this is still a very good Sherlock Holmes adventure and if you've enjoyed other entries in the series, no doubt you'll like this one too.

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