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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 »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): At 11 minutes 15 seconds of the film Doctor Watson (Nigel Bruce) is berating the fact he is being left behind, and not accompanying Holmes on the plane, and he states "I don't like you going off without Holmes" when actually he is the one being left behind. obviously Nigel Bruce forgot the script.See more »
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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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Least Entertaining of the Series, 11 February 2010
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Pursuit to Algiers (1945)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Lesser entry in the series has Holmes (Basil Rathbone) and Watson (Nigel Bruce) on vacation when they learn of a King's assassination. They're asked to protect the next in line (Leslie Vincent) as well as get back some stolen jewels that might be in the possession of a woman (Marjorie Riordan) Watson has fallen for. This twelfth entry in the long-running series is so far the least entertaining but there are still a few good moments scattered throughout the 65-minute running time. The biggest problem is the fact that the screenplay is pretty weak and the actual story isn't really strong enough especially when you compare it to previous films in the series. Another problem I had with the movie was the supporting players, none of which were very entertaining or exciting. I really didn't care too much for Riordan as she seemed to a little too bland for my tastes. I also didn't care for Vincent and I must admit that I didn't really care if the bad guys took him out or not. Rosalind Ivan and Morton Lowry aren't that entertaining either. What does work is, as usual, the performances of Rathbone and Watson, although it seemed that both realized that they were working with lesser quality material and that both were forcing a few scenes more than they normally would have. A lot of the film has Bruce handling everything himself with Holmes not on screen and it actually does a pretty good job carrying everything. He even gets to sing a song that doesn't turn out too bad. In the end, this is a mildly entertaining entry but it's also the weakest of the lot.

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