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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 ... Clergyman (uncredited)
Sven Hugo Borg ... Johansson (uncredited)
Ernst Brengt ... Ship Passenger (uncredited)
James Carlisle ... Aide (uncredited)
Ashley Cowan ... Steward (uncredited)
James Craven ... Anton Petzval (uncredited)
Sayre Dearing ... Aide (uncredited)
Tom Dillon ... Matthias Cherney (uncredited)
John Dutra ... Sailor steering Boat (uncredited)
Alan Edmiston ... Man with Newspaper (uncredited)
Curt Furburg ... Ship Passenger (uncredited)
Gregory Gaye ... Ravez (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Stinson (uncredited)
Dorothy Kellogg ... Blonde Floozie at Bar (uncredited)
George Leigh ... Reginald Dene (uncredited)
Charles Millsfield ... Ship Passenger (uncredited)
Sam Savitsky ... Ship Passenger (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Dock Worker (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 »
Revealing mistakes: Gubec, the deaf mute, shoves Holmes out of camera range and in five seconds has him not only bound securely with rope but gagged with a knotted handkerchief as well.See more »
Sherlock Holmes:Well, if one isn't willing to pay the penalty, one shouldn't play the game.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes (1985) (V)See more »
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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A Voyage Into Danger, 13 April 2005
Author: theowinthrop from United States

The Sherlock Holmes Series is actually fun for the fans of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, but the individual films are a mixed bag as mysteries themselves. The best mysteries are THE SCARLET CLAW, THE HOUSE OF FEAR, THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, SHERLOCK HOLMES FACES DEATH. The ones about the war are mediocre - more like curiosities dealing with patriotism and the war effort. After the war the series resumed plots dealing with regular crime. The best of these was THE PEARL OF DEATH, but it was not up to the top five films. One of the final films was this one, PURSUIT TO ALGIERS.

Although all the other films were rewritten from the original Conan Doyle stories, PURSUIT TO ALGIERS was totally made up from a comment dropped in the original "Canon". Doyle wrote four novels and fifty six short stories about Holmes. But in this material (equal in size to say LES MISERABLES or DON QUIXOTE) were many little comments and statements that actually have helped lead to the myriad of essays and books by Holmes' fans. Among other things are the large number of cases of Holmes that he or Watson mention casually, but never write of. In this film, the untold story is "the affair of the steamship "Friesland" that so nearly cost us both our lives". It is mentioned in one of the stories of the series called THE RETURN OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, and is usually said to be set in 1895. The actions of PURSUIT TO ALGIERS take place on the steamship "Friesland", and do almost cost Holmes and Watson their lives, but this film is set after the end of World War II. Since there was no real short story that is nothing to be critical about.

Holmes is not in part of the film (and at one point it seems he has been killed), but he does appear about the middle, and he is in good form when he is. Witness the way he takes care of Martin Kosleck, and the way he makes a typically ironic comment to Kosleck as to why he was able to be prepared. Also the business about party favors is quite nicely done. So are the supporting parts - especially Bruce's comments regarding Rosalind Ivan and John Abbott and his partner. As an entertainment it is a fine film. As a mystery it really never gets very involving. We never understand who is in the background backing the anti-royal assassins. Presumably the Communists (this is 1945), but such a guess is based on the number of Eastern European monarchies that fell following the end of World War II. Still it would help to know who the super-villain is. But then Hitchcock always ignored the central rationales of his "MacGuffins". Why not on this lesser level then? So forget the pleasure of realism, sit back, and just enjoy the antics of the characters. And keep in mind, Basil and Nigel made only two other of these films afterward. It was nearly the end of the series for them and their fans.

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