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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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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:
References Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original Sherlock Holmes story, 'The Adventure of the Six Napoleons'.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:[sitting down gingerly to remove his make-up] Oh, I'm as stiff as a varnished eel!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in A Bit of Scarlet (1997)See more »

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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Holmes' Creeping Menace, 11 February 2005
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

While searching for THE PEARL OF DEATH, Holmes & Watson encounter a master criminal and his terrifying backbreaking thug.

This vivid & suspenseful film makes a welcome addition in the series of movies highlighting the exploits of Baker Street's most famous inhabitants. There is danger around every corner and Holmes must match his intellect against raw brute evil as he attempts to recover the Black Pearl of the Borgias. As always, Basil Rathbone & Nigel Bruce are beyond praise as they bring Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's celebrated characters to life. To the viewers' delight, Holmes finds he can be thoroughly duped and Watson uses his mouth for something other than gab.

Holmes' rivals for possession of the Pearl are little Miles Mander and pretty Evelyn Ankers. Together, they provide the master detective with one of his most challenging cases. All three characters (most especially the men) make good use of cunning disguises to try to find the diminutive treasure.

Dennis Hoey as the inept but courageous Inspector Lestrade and dear Mary Gordon as Mrs. Hudson return to roles they've already essayed very well in the past. The always reliable Ian Wolfe has the small part of a helpful crockery shop proprietor.

The most intriguing member of the cast is Rondo Hatton, a tragic sufferer from acromegaly, a terrible disease which deformed his body into a grotesque horror. He is most effective as the sinister Creeper, especially during his few moments with Rathbone at the film's climax, and he was immediately spun-off into cheaply produced chillers playing essentially the same character. Apparently he hated being exploited, but this was to end sadly with his sudden death in 1945.

Movie mavens will recognize an uncredited Billy Bevan as a meal-bearing constable.

This film was loosely based on Conan Doyle's short story The Adventure of the Six Napoleons. It was preceded by THE SCARLET CLAW (1944) and followed by THE HOUSE OF FEAR (1945).

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