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Pursuit to Algiers (1945)

Approved | | Adventure, Crime, Mystery | 26 October 1945 (USA)
Holmes is recruited to escort the heir to a European throne safely back to his homeland after his father's assassination.

Director:

Roy William Neill

Writers:

Arthur Conan Doyle (story collection "The Return of Sherlock Holmes"), Leonard Lee (original screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Basil Rathbone ... Sherlock Holmes
Nigel Bruce ... Dr. John H. Watson
Marjorie Riordan Marjorie Riordan ... Sheila Woodbury
Rosalind Ivan ... Agatha Dunham
Morton Lowry ... Sanford
Leslie Vincent Leslie Vincent ... Nikolas Watson
Martin Kosleck ... Mirko
Rex Evans 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)
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Holmes and Watson are recruited in a serpentine fashion to escort the heir to a European throne back to his native country following his father's assassination. Because the prince has been educated in Great Britain, Holmes persuades him to masquerade as Watson's nephew Nikolas on an ocean liner bound for Algiers. Unfortunately, the ship is filled with red herrings as well as real assassins and Holmes is challenged to outwit them all and deliver his charge to his destination. Among the suspects are a knife-throwing circus performer, two shadowy archaeologists, a hulking deaf mute, an enigmatic ship's steward, a chanteuse with a mysterious song case, and a gun-toting British dowager. Written by Gabe Taverney(duke1029@aol.com)

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sherlock Holmes in Pursuit to Algiers See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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[first lines]
Dr. John H. Watson: Oh, Stimson, thank you for keeping open so late to take care of us.
Stimson: Oh, that's quite all right, sir. Eh, this gun is an excellent selection, Mr. Holmes. You ought to get plenty of grouse.
Dr. John H. Watson: Grouse, silly little birds, not worth the trouble of eating after you shoot them.
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There Isn't Any Harm In That
(Everett Carter / Milton Rosen)
Sung by Marjorie Riordan
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Very enjoyable outing
28 December 2003 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Despite planning a fishing and shooting holiday in Scotland, Holmes and Dr Watson are approached to help smuggle the Prince Royal of another country back into his homeland. The King has been assassinated already and the Prince is feared to be next. Holmes and the Prince go by plane while Watson travels by boat as a decoy. When Holmes' plane is shot down Watson fears the worst until he finds that Holmes et al are already on the boat. With many days left before Algiers, Holmes must outwit the assassins he suspects are onboard.

I've always enjoyed Watson's contribution to these films just as much as I have Holmes, so I was worried when it looked like Watson would be separated from Holmes for the film. So imagine my happiness when the film actually followed Watson rather than Holmes. Although the film brings Holmes back together with Watson quite quickly, it does give Watson a lot more screen time and respect than they usually do - even going as far to have Holmes praise Watson for his observational skills! This makes a refreshing change - of course Holmes is still the star but it is nice to see him on an almost equal platform for once.

The plot itself is a little worrying at the start but settles once Watson gets on the ship. It allows for some gentleman playing between Holmes and his pursuers who are known to him. This is fun and allows for some nice twists toward the end. The whole thing about the stolen jewels was lost on me and just distracted from the main narrative.

Rathbone is as good as ever and is well worth watching but it is Bruce that impresses here. He does his usual stuff but he gets time to do it and it is fun to see him not being put down by Holmes so much. Holmes' pursuers are better than his usual foes - the amount of screen time that they share and the fact that they are known to each other makes it more enjoyable.

This is a great entry in the series. Bruce rises to the occasion and the twisty confrontation on the ship is very enjoyable as Holmes stays one step ahead. And, having seen the last couple of films end on Holmes giving moral speeches here the film ends on a killer line from Holmes where he advises Watson `never become an actor' - hilarious!


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