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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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Classic Sherlock Holmes mystery. 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)
 
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:
The ninth of fourteen films based on Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional consulting detective Sherlock Holmes starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Doctor Watson.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:
Dr. John H. Watson:How does the, the thing work?
Sherlock Holmes:Electricity. The high priest of false security.
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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Classic Sherlock Holmes mystery., 16 August 2000
Author: gavmaster

Expertly directed by R. William Neill, who was responsible for the film noir classic "Black Angel", "The Pearl Of Death" is based on the Arthur Conan Doyle story "The Adventure of the Six Napoleons". This film has it all: mystery, action, comedy, horror, even a half-assed patriotic message tacked on to the end (it was made as WWII was coming to a close). I was impressed by Basil Rathbone's characterization of Holmes: he consistently utters lines that, coming from an inferior actor, would probably sound ridiculous, yet he manages (probably because this was his sixth turn at the character) to impress me with his believability and sheer presence on the screen. Until I saw this film I was always irritated by Nigel Bruce's bumbling Dr. Watson, whose character is miles away from the Watson portrayed in the books, but I now realize that he was the perfect foil for Rathbone's Holmes. The updating of Holmes into the modern era also troubles me, but the film manages to maintain a kind of 'timeless' quality by avoiding too many 'modern' references. Virgil Miller's cinematography is beautiful: I would hate to see it "Colorized" by Turner and his evil band. Miller, who shot another one of my favorite films, "Mr. Moto Takes A Chance" is the perfect compliment for Neill's great direction: together they make every shot interesting, and provide many unforgettable images.

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