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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)
Eric Mayne ... Pub Patron (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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Additional Details

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 twelfth 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 »
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:Poison is a woman's weapon.See more »
Movie Connections:
Loch LomondSee more »


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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Minor but enjoyable Holmes, 17 November 2007
Author: jcorelis from United States

The best scenes in Pursuit to Algiers are the opening ones set in London: they're very atmospheric, with puzzling goings-on that could have come right out of one of Doyle's original stories. After that the film quickly turns into a well-crafted but fairly ordinary "conveyance mystery," that is, one dealing with murder afoot on a train or (as in this case) a boat.

Leslie Vincent unfortunately gives a weak performance in a key role, but there is also a well portrayed trio of sinister villains aboard ship, and the brief scenes by character actress Rosalind Ivan as an eccentric grande dame provide interest. Marjorie Riordan's singing is less tedious than B-movie musical interludes usually are, but for fans of the series the film's high point is likely to be Nigel Bruce's charming rendition of "Loch Lomand."

If you like the Rathbone/Bruce Holmes films, you'll certainly want to add this movie to your list. It's a lesser entry in the series though, so if you haven't seen any of them you might want to start with one of the better ones.

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