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Arthur Conan Doyle (story)
Leonard Lee (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
26 October 1945 (USA) See more »
Holmes is recruited to escort the heir to a European throne safely back to his homeland after his father's assassination. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Basil Rathbone ... Sherlock Holmes

Nigel Bruce ... Dr. John H. Watson
Marjorie Riordan ... Sheila Woodbury
Rosalind Ivan ... Agatha Dunham
Morton Lowry ... Sanford
Leslie Vincent ... Nikolas Watson

Martin Kosleck ... Mirko
Rex Evans ... Gregor

John Abbott ... Jodri
Gerald Hamer ... Kingston
William 'Wee Willie' Davis ... Gubec (as Wee Willie Davis)
Frederick Worlock ... Prime Minister (as Frederic Worlock)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wilson Benge ... Mr. Norton - Minister (uncredited)
Sven Hugo Borg ... Johansson (uncredited)
Ernst Brengt ... Ship's Bar Patron (uncredited)
James Carlisle ... Aide (uncredited)
Ashley Cowan ... Steward (uncredited)
James Craven ... Anton Petzval - Customer (uncredited)
Sayre Dearing ... Aide (uncredited)
Tom Dillon ... Matthias Cherney - Restaurant Proprietor (uncredited)
John Dutra ... Sailor steering Boat (uncredited)
Alan Edmiston ... Man with Newspaper (uncredited)
Curt Furburg ... Ship's Bar Patron (uncredited)
Gregory Gaye ... Ravez (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Stinson - the Gunsmith (uncredited)
Dorothy Kellogg ... Blonde Floozie at Bar (uncredited)
George Leigh ... Reginald Dene (uncredited)
Charles Millsfield ... Ship's Bar Patron (uncredited)
Sam Savitsky ... Ship Passenger (uncredited)

Directed by
Roy William Neill 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Arthur Conan Doyle  story collection "The Return of Sherlock Holmes"
Leonard Lee  original screenplay

Produced by
Howard Benedict .... executive producer
Roy William Neill .... producer
Cinematography by
Paul Ivano 
Film Editing by
Saul A. Goodkind 
Art Direction by
John B. Goodman 
Martin Obzina 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman 
Ralph Sylos 
Costume Design by
Vera West 
Makeup Department
Jack P. Pierce .... director of makeup
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Seward Webb .... assistant director
Sound Department
Bernard B. Brown .... sound director
Robert Pritchard .... sound technician
Music Department
Edgar Fairchild .... musical director
Ralph Freed .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Leigh Harline .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Paul Sawtell .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Frank Skinner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Raymond Kessler .... dialogue director

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Also Known As:
"Sherlock Holmes in Pursuit to Algiers" - USA (series title), USA (DVD title)
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65 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Finland:K-7 (2013) | Finland:S (1947) | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #11214)

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The film contains a couple of clever in-jokes for Holmes aficionados in the form of references to famous unrecorded cases for the Great Detective: at one point Watson begins to recite the tale of The Giant Rat of Sumatra (mentioned in Conan Doyle's "The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire"); whilst the action takes place aboard the S.S. Friesland (from Conan Doyle's "The Adventure of the Norwood Builder", and alluded to as "a Dutch-American liner" in his Professor Challenger book "The Lost World", though here it has links to Malmö in Sweden). The film also borrows some characters and events from "The Adventure of the Red Circle."See more »
Factual errors: Dr Watson discovers an automatic pistol in a lady passenger's handbag. He consistently refers to the handgun as a revolver. As an ex-Army officer Watson, no matter how daft, would never make such a mistake.See more »
Sherlock Holmes:Well, if one isn't willing to pay the penalty, one shouldn't play the game.See more »
Movie Connections:
Loch LomondSee more »


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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
The Giant Rat of Sumatra, 25 August 2006
Author: krorie from Van Buren, Arkansas

The definitive movie Sherlock Holmes is Basil Rathbone; the definitive movie Dr. Watson is Nigel Bruce. Together, these two brilliant actors made fourteen Sherlock Holmes films between 1939 and 1946, most of them loosely based on stories by Arthur Conan Doyle; a few based on Doyle stories in name only. All are thrilling, exciting excursions into the realm of mystery and deductive reasoning, even the later low-budget ones.

The original pairing of the super sleuth with his bumbling if lovable assistant portrayed by Rathbone and Bruce was in "The Hound of the Baskervilles," where star billing went to Richard Greene as Sir Henry Baskerville. The popularity of Holmes and Watson showed the studio that the audience cared more for the two supporting players than for the somewhat stiff Greene. Next time in "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes," Rathbone and Bruce deservedly received top billing.

During World War II with England in peril from the Luftwaffe, Holmes and Watson were utilized to booster the war spirit. Holmes could be heard at the end of the war-time films haranguing his fellow countrymen and their ally, the United States, about patriotism and gallantry. Winston Churchill was touted as the savior of his nation.

"Pursuit to Algiers," based on Doyle's "The Return of Sherlock Holmes," finds the crafty detective helping escort Nikolas (Leslie Vincent), heir of a foreign country and a target for conspirators, to assume his crown following the assassination of his predecessor. There are many clever scenes involving Dr. Watson unknowingly being used as a decoy to protect Nikolas. When Nikolas' supporters first contact Holmes surreptitiously, they employ a ruse involving a fish and chips cypher, beyond Watson's grasp. In the process Watson is propositioned by a hooker who calls the good doctor, Ducky, much to his chagrin. Holmes takes the high road by plane; Watson takes the low road by boat. There is much chicanery aboard the ship that takes up most of the movie. The ending may come as a surprise for many.

One of the high points of "Pursuit to Algiers" is Watson's story of "The Giant Rat of Sumatra." Entreated by his fellow passengers to tell about one of Sherlock Holmes' greatest adventures, Watson volunteers to entertain all with his giant rat fable. His use of inanimate objects on the table for purposes of illustration to make the exploits he relates more colorful is well worth the price of admission.

There are more songs than usual for a Sherlock Holmes outing. Such traditional Scottish airs as "Flow Gently Sweet Afton," sung by Marjorie Riordan as a girl from Brooklyn named Sheila Woodbury with something hidden in her sheet music satchel and "Loch Lomond," sung by Watson himself, not only serve as icing but are utilized to embellish the plot.

The twelfth in the Sherlock Holmes series and coming at the end of the war, "Pursuit to Algiers" is one of the most entertaining of the lot and there is no rousing speechifying by Holmes at the end. Those speeches were wonderful morale buildings at the time, but are a bit quaint for today's audiences.

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