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Writers:
Arthur Conan Doyle (story)
Leonard Lee (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
26 October 1945 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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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OK, But Not One Of The Better Ones In The Series See more (34 total) »

Cast

  (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
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)
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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)
 
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Raymond Kessler .... dialogue director
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sherlock Holmes in Pursuit to Algiers" - USA (series title), USA (DVD title)
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Runtime:
65 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
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).See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Dr. John H. Watson:I don't understand, Holmes! She seems such a nice girl! She sings charmingly!
Sherlock Holmes:My dear fellow, musical talent is hardly evidence of innocence. Moriarity was a virtuoso on the bassoon.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes (1985) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Flow Gently, Sweet AftonSee more »

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18 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
OK, But Not One Of The Better Ones In The Series, 13 April 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

This is one of the weakest Basil Rathbone-Sherlock Holmes films. It's still okay (I like all of them) but it ranks at the bottom if you're looking for an interesting "whodunnit."

Two things, I think, made this sub-par: 1 - the villains weren't evil enough, didn't do enough and didn't create enough tension and; 2 - this was almost a musical instead of a mystery. There were no less than four complete songs sung in this film. Even Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) gets in the act with a song - and he's very good, if that was really him. Marjorie Riordan sang the other three.

In addition, the ending wasn't that satisfactory, either. Yet, despite all that, Watson's typical stupidity and humor made it fun in spots but that's about it. Not recommended unless you're stuck with it as part of a four-disc set as I am, as part of the Sherlock Holmes Restored Collection. (At least the picture was clear.)

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