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Pursuit to Algiers

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Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) and his sidekick Dr, Watson (Nigel Bruce) find mystery and murder on the open seas in this suspense drama, which has been given an efficient presentation for its DVD release. Pursuit to Algiers (aka Sherlock Holmes in Pursuit to Algiers) has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and digitally mastered from restored 35 mm film elements. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. No subtitles, multiple-language options, or bonus ...
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Overview

Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) and his sidekick Dr, Watson (Nigel Bruce) find mystery and murder on the open seas in this suspense drama, which has been given an efficient presentation for its DVD release. Pursuit to Algiers (aka Sherlock Holmes in Pursuit to Algiers) has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and digitally mastered from restored 35 mm film elements. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. No subtitles, multiple-language options, or bonus materials have been included for this edition, but the improved picture and sound quality of this release should still make it a desirable item for fans.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Pursuit to Algiers will disappoint those Sherlock Holmes fans who expect -- not without reason -- a mystery film with all sorts of clues, red herrings, etc. Algiers is in fact really a thriller more than a mystery, and for those who can accept this fact, it's a very decent entertainment. One of the longer of the Holmes films from Universal, Algiers dawdles a bit in places, but not really dangerously so. Unlike in some of the entries in the series, Holmes behaves like the intelligent man that he is, not placing the person he is supposed to be protecting in absurdly dangerous situations and not letting his ego get the best of him; he clearly appreciates the gravity of the situation in Algiers and acts accordingly. If Algiers is not one of the better of these films, it's mainly because the screenplay is a bit tired in places. The same can be said of Roy William Neill's direction, which is effective and occasionally features some of his trademark little visual flourishes, but which overall is somewhat perfunctory. The leads are their usual excellent selves, and there's fine assist from an amusing Rosalind Ivan, a slimy Martin Kosleck, and a by-the-unwritten-rules rigid Rex Evans, among others. Not great, but good fun.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/2004
  • UPC: 030306758299
  • Original Release: 1945
  • Rating:

  • Source: Mpi Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:05:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 10,569

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes
Olaf Hytten Simpson, gunsmith
Morton Lowry Sanford, Ship's Steward
Nigel Bruce Dr. John H. Watson
Marjorie Riordan Sheila Woodbury, Singer
Rosalind Ivan Agatha Dunham
Leslie Vincent Nikolas "Watson"
Martin Kosleck Mirko
Rex Evans Gregor
John Abbott Jodri
Gerald Hamer Kingston
Wee Willie Davis Gubec
Frederic Worlock Prime Minister
Wilson Benge Mr. Arnold Clergyman
Gregory Gaye Ravez
Sven Hugo Borg Johansson, Ship's Purser
Tom Dillon Restaurant owner
Technical Credits
Roy William Neill Director, Producer
Howard Benedict Executive Producer
Jack Brooks Songwriter
Bernard B. Brown Sound/Sound Designer
Everett Cutler-Rosen Songwriter
Edgar "Cookie" Fairchild Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Saul A. Goodkind Editor
John B. Goodman Art Director
Paul Ivano Cinematographer
Leonard Lee Screenwriter
Martin Obzina Art Director
Jack P. Pierce Makeup
Milton Rosen Songwriter
Hans Salter Score Composer
Ralph Sylos Set Decoration/Design
Seward Webb Asst. Director
Vera West Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening [1:21]
2. Fish 'n' Chips [4:40]
3. Fishbone Alley [4:38]
4. Sitting Duck [5:48]
5. All at Sea [6:51]
6. The Girl From Brooklyn [6:46]
7. Unexpected Passengers [7:42]
8. A Man Unguarded [2:33]
9. Paying the Penalty [9:40]
10. Party Popper [9:52]
11. The Last Trick [5:06]
12. End Credits [:05]
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Pursuit Worth Watching

    I'm not an avid TV watcher, but I do enjoy a mystery with a unexpected twist at the end. Basil Rathbone puts on a great performance and Roy Neill plays the fumbling sidekick very well.

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