The Pearl of Death ()

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When a valuable pearl with a sinister reputation is stolen, Sherlock Holmes must investigate its link to a series of brutal murders.


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Sherlock Holmes
Doctor Watson
Naomi Drake
Giles Conover
Amos Hodder
Charles Francis ...
James Goodram
Richard Aherne ...
Bates (as Richard Nugent)
Mrs. Hudson
The Creeper
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
J.W. Austin ...
Police Sergeant Bleeker (uncredited)
Wilson Benge ...
Second Ship's Steward (uncredited)
Constable (uncredited)
Harker's Housekeeper (uncredited)
George Gelder (uncredited)
Harold De Becker ...
Boss (uncredited)
Leslie Denison ...
Police Sergeant Murdock (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ...
Security Guard (uncredited)
Customs Officer (uncredited)
Security Guard (uncredited)
Charles Knight ...
Bearded Man (uncredited)
Connie Leon ...
Ellen Carey (uncredited)
Audrey Manners ...
Body of Teacher (uncredited)
Dr. Julien Boncourt (uncredited)
Arthur Mulliner ...
Thomas Sandeford (uncredited)
Arthur Stenning ...
First Ship's Steward (uncredited)
David Thursby ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ...
Conover's Chauffeur (uncredited)

Directed by

Roy William Neill

Written by

Bertram Millhauser ... (screenplay)
Arthur Conan Doyle ... (story "The Six Napoleons") (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

Produced by

Roy William Neill ... producer

Music by

Paul Sawtell ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

Virgil Miller ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Ray Snyder

Art Direction by

John B. Goodman
Martin Obzina

Set Decoration by

Russell A. Gausman
Edward R. Robinson ... (as E.R. Robinson)

Costume Design by

Vera West ... (gowns)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Melville Shyer ... assistant director

Sound Department

Bernard B. Brown ... sound director
Joe Lapis ... sound technician

Music Department

Paul Sawtell ... musical director
William Lava ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Frank Skinner ... composer: stock music (uncredited)

Other crew

Raymond Kessler ... dialogue director (as Ray Kessler)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines THE SECRET OF THE GEM OF DOOM! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Sherlock Holmes in Pearl of Death (United States)
  • Sherlock Holmes et la perle des Borgia (France)
  • La perle des Borgia (France)
  • Die Perle der Borgia (Germany)
  • Sherlock Holmes - Die Perle der Borgia (Germany)
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  • 69 min
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Trivia Holmes tells Watson that if he's wrong about the pearl's hiding place, "I shall retire to Sussex and keep bees." In the original Holmes stories, this is exactly what he does upon retirement. See more »
Goofs At around 44 minutes, the newspaper says "srriking" instead of "striking". See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Jarvis Collection: Scotland Yard (1971). See more »
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 »
Quotes Sherlock Holmes: This man pervades Europe like a plague, yet no one has heard of him. That's what puts him on the pinnacle in the records of crime.
Dr. John H. Watson: What's he do?
Sherlock Holmes: Everything and nothing. In his whole diabolical career, the police have never been able to pin anything on him. And yet, show me crime without motive, robbery without a clue, murder without a trace and I'll show you Giles Conover.
Dr. John H. Watson: But that's amazing, Holmes.
Sherlock Holmes: Two years ago, he disappeared from his usual haunts and I have every reason to believe that he... Oh, here it is... I've every reason to believe that he's back in England again. If I could free society of this sinister creature, I should feel that my own career had reached it's summit.
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