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The Pearl of Death (1944)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 1 August 1944 (USA)
When a valuable pearl with a sinister reputation is stolen, Sherlock Holmes must investigate its link to a series of brutal murders.

Director:

Roy William Neill

Writers:

Bertram Millhauser (screenplay), Arthur Conan Doyle (story "The Six Napoleons") (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
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Complete credited cast:
Basil Rathbone ... Sherlock Holmes
Nigel Bruce ... Doctor Watson
Dennis Hoey ... Lestrade
Evelyn Ankers ... Naomi Drake
Miles Mander ... Giles Conover
Ian Wolfe ... Amos Hodder
Charles Francis Charles Francis ... Digby
Holmes Herbert ... James Goodram
Richard Aherne Richard Aherne ... Bates (as Richard Nugent)
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. Hudson
Rondo Hatton ... The Creeper
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When a pearl with a sinister reputation for causing misfortune to its owners is stolen from a museum by a master criminal because of Sherlock Holmes' show-boating, he is naturally obliged to find it. Soon, he learns of a series of brutal murders that seemed to have been commited by a malevolent man mountain known only as the Creeper. Now, Holmes must deal with the seemingly overwhelming menace of this man and his boss in order to retrieve the pearl. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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The story takes place in England, of course, and the English are famous for their fondness for tea and therefore the produce enormous numbers of teapots of all qualities. There is no need for the British to import teapots from other countries. However, two obviously American-made teapots are seen in the film. When arch-criminal Giles Conover is in prison, his breakfast or lunch tray is examined by Inspector Lestrade who suspects Conover of smuggling a message out of his cell somewhere on his tray. The teapot on the tray is an American teapot made by Hall China of East Liverpool, Ohio. Popular with collectors, this model of teapot is known as "Boston." Collectors would call it a "Hall Boston" teapot. Just a few minutes later Holmes and Watson are in their flat and on their table is another American Hall teapot, this one in the style collectors call "New York." By Googling "Hall Boston Teapot" and "Hall New York" teapot one can see other examples of them. There were also teapots named after other American cities: Baltimore, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Cleveland and perhaps others. They were extremely durable and nearly always came in a dark or deep exterior solid color with a white interior, the edge of which is always visible around the lid. The movie makers might have made the teapots English to match everything else in the film, such as the telephones, mightn't they. See more »

Goofs

At around 44 minutes, the newspaper says "srriking" instead of "striking". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Courier: Who's there?
First Ship's Steward: Steward, sir.
Courier: I say, we're not at Dover yet, are we?
First Ship's Steward: No sir, but there's a message for you, sir, in the wireless room.
Courier: I'll be right there.
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Crazy Credits

US War Bonds promo tagged onto the end of the film reads: "You're not giving-just lending-when you buy war savings stamps and bonds-on sale here." See more »

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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Holmes meets The Creeper!
11 October 2005 | by VicCaseySee all my reviews

Rondo Hatton is my hero. Rondo took the crummy hand that fate dealt him and played it magnificently. He became one of the most endearing and cool anti-heroes of all B-moviedom. Hatton played The Creeper in three movies: The Pearl of Death, The House of Horrors, and The Brute Man (a prequel to House of Horrors). To experience Rondo Hatton as The Creeper is to experience pure magic! I watched horror movies as kid and always loved "the monster". A good "monster" gets my vote every damn time. The Creeper fits that bill perfectly and better than most. The Creeper is one of my all time favorite fright flick anti-heroes. GOD BLESS YOU RONDO HATTON!


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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1944 (USA) See more »

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