Pearl of Death

The Pearl of Death

Director: Roy William Neill

Cast: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Dennis Hoey

     
 

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Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce return as Sherlock Holmes and his partner Dr. Watson in this installment from Universal's popular whodunnit series, which gets a simple but adequate presentation on DVD. Sherlock Holmes: The Pearl of Death (based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Six Napoleons) has been transferred to disc from a newly restored 35mm print, and is

Overview

Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce return as Sherlock Holmes and his partner Dr. Watson in this installment from Universal's popular whodunnit series, which gets a simple but adequate presentation on DVD. Sherlock Holmes: The Pearl of Death (based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Six Napoleons) has been transferred to disc from a newly restored 35mm print, and is presented in the original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1 with the original screen logos and credits. The audio is mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo; the dialogue is in English, with no multiple language options or bonus materials included, though the quality of the visual presentation will certainly please fans of the series.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Pearl of Death is a solid, enjoyable little Sherlock Holmes thriller that might have been even better had it stuck closer to the original Arthur Conan Doyle story that was its source. Of course, fans of Doyle's stories often complain about liberties taken in their translation to other media, but this is more than a matter of being irritated at an inappropriate piece of clothing or a minor change in a plot detail; one of the reasons Pearl is not as satisfying as it might have been is because the writers have forced Holmes to make the kind of boneheaded mistake that is totally out of character (cutting the alarm wires at a museum to prove a point, thereby facilitating the theft of the title object). Aside from this and several other liberties, there's little to complain about with Pearl. Basil Rathbone is again in excellent form as Holmes and Nigel Bruce bumbles delightfully (if unfaithfully to Doyle) as Watson, and they're aided and abetted by a sly turn from Evelyn Ankers and an appropriately evil one from Miles Mander. Roy William Neill's direction is effective if slightly less imaginative than usual. This may not be a priceless Pearl, but it's still a nice little bauble.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/25/2003
UPC:
0030306755298
Original Release:
1944
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mpi Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:09:00
Sales rank:
44,434

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes
Nigel Bruce Dr. Watson
Dennis Hoey Inspector Lestrade
Evelyn Ankers Naomi Drake
Miles Mander Giles Conover
Ian Wolfe Hodder, antique shop owner
Charles Francis Digby, museum curator
Holmes Herbert James Goodram Diamond Courier
Richard Nugent Bates Museum Guard
Mary Gordon Mrs. Hudson Sherlock Holmes' Housekeeper
Rondo Hatton The Creeper
Wilson Benge Actor
Billy Bevan Constable
Lillian Bronson Maj. Harker's Housekeeper
Harry Cording George Gelder, Plaster Bust Manufacturer
Leslie Denison Constable Murdock
Al Ferguson Actor
Colin Kenny Guard
Charles Knight Bearded Man
Connie Leon Ellen Carey
John Merkyl Dr. Boncourt
Eric Wilton Chauffeur
Audrey Manners Teacher
Arthur Mulliner Sandeford
Arthur Stenning Steward
Harold de Becker Boss
Leyland Hodgson Customs officer

Technical Credits
Roy William Neill Director,Producer
Bernard B. Brown Sound/Sound Designer
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
John B. Goodman Art Director
Joe Lapis Sound/Sound Designer
Virgil E. Miller Cinematographer
Bertram Millhauser Screenwriter
Martin Obzina Art Director
Edward Ray Robinson Set Decoration/Design
Hans J. Salter Score Composer
Paul Sawtell Musical Direction/Supervision
Melville Shyer Asst. Director
Ray Snyder Editor
Vera West Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Open [1:24]
2. "Devotedly, S.H." [6:52]
3. Another Moriarty [3:18]
4. A Miracle of Horror [8:18]
5. Lestrade's Gravy Train [2:47]
6. The First Victim [8:36]
7. "Pure Deductive Reasoning" [9:11]
8. Enter the Creeper [4:46]
9. The Six Napoleons [6:16]
10. Exit Naomi Drake [5:59]
11. The Pearl of Death [10:32]
12. End Credits [:40]

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