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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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Storyline

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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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

[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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Follows The Spider Woman (1943) See more »

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Flow Gently, Sweet Afton
(Robert Burns / Alexander Hume)
Sung by Marjorie Riordan
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Holmes is a sack of spuds!
1 November 2004 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

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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