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Director:
Writers:
Arthur Conan Doyle (story)
Leonard Lee (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
26 October 1945 (USA) See more »
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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User Reviews:
Holmes is a sack of spuds! See more (36 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 (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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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)
Certification:
Finland:K-7 (2013) | Finland:S (1947) | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #11214)

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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). The film also borrows some characters and events from "The Adventure of the Red Circle."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:
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 »
Soundtrack:
Loch LomondSee more »

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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Holmes is a sack of spuds!, 1 November 2004
Author: Gary170459 from Derby, UK

Flicking through the channels I came across this old friend and laid the zapper down. Some of the other Rathbone Holmes' are better old friends, but this'll do admirably.

When we finally leave the convoluted and circuitous (as Holmes himself admitted) opening scenes behind and get to the foggy ship where the action takes place we can relax - this is familiar territory! Holmes and Watson with the game afoot and surrounded by shady omniscient characters, a well bred damsel on the run and (for a change) a King to protect. Watson sings for the damsel, in a dangerously resonant baritone, Holmes plays with a cracker that weighs a gram too much, the Giant Rat of Sumatra is explained away...or is it?

After watching the Definitive DVD, I learn that Martin Kosleck and Leslie Vincent were gay and living together. Nothing terribly unusual of course, but whenever I watch these Holmes films the usually intrusive world of sex never enters my head, so I admit I was surprised. Rathbone apparently was disappointed that his close friend Martin was associating with someone so "talentless" - in the acting department though Basil!

How at the climax did the baddies know Watson had forgotten to take his pipe with him? This tremendous stab in the dark (!) enabled them to rough up Holmes so much that his hair was mussed.

Still great stuff.

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