Sherlock Holmes And The Pearl Of Death (DVD)

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Sherlock Holmes And The Pearl Of Death (DVD)

That sly sleuth, the one and only Sherlock Holmes, is called to solve yet another baffling mystery in THE PEARL OF DEATH. When the famous Borgia pearl...

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published 18/03/2017 | rolandrat123
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Pro Good old Sherlock Holmes adventure with Rathbone
Cons Slighly dated but it is over 70 year's old
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The Product

1944 B&W Sherlock Holmes movie
Director: Roy William Neill
Number of discs: 1
Classification: PG
Studio: Cornerstone Media
DVD Release Date: 25 Sept. 2006
Run Time: 68 minutes


£1.64 second hand on Amazon or £5.99 new.

Main Actors

Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes
Nigel Bruce as Dr. John H. Watson
Dennis Hoey as Inspector Lestrade
Miles Mander as Giles Conover
Rondo Hatton as The Creeper

The Basic Story


This is the ninth film featuring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Doctor Watson.

The story is loosely based on the Conan Doyle story of the Six Napoleons.

The feature of the story is in the title – a large pearl. The criminal, played by Miles Mander, manages to steal this expensive Borgia Pearl from under Holmes’ nose in a supposedly well protected museum. The story is then on to find it.

My Opinion

This is a great old black and white movie. I was going to watch it on TV but we did not have the right channel so I ended up watching a copy on Youtube.

The film is just over an hour long.

I find the combination of Rathbone and Bruce one of the best for Holmes and Watson characters. They seem to encapsulate how I imagine the characters to be – Holmes is tall and very confident and self-assured, while Watson is stockier, more quietly spoken and in some instances a little bumbling.

This is a fast paced movie which has lots of suspense. Of course being over 70 years old it is obviously dated but for me that adds to the charm.

I cannot recall the original story of the Napoleons so cannot say how true or otherwise this is to the original, but it did come out in 1904. However the film can be enjoyed in its own right, I think certain elements of the story are the same as the original, but they do vary slightly here and there.

We see Holmes pitted against not only the criminal elements but also Inspector Lestrade and his men who are shown as slightly inept and unprofessional. Holmes on the other hand is always a step ahead of everyone else and always manages to work out the solutions before anyone else can.

Quite a short film, very dark and atmospheric in places, there is mystery surrounding lots of broken china – which Holmes knows is all related but which the police fail to connect.

A jolly good little story and great old fashioned escapism. Not a lot more I can say about this film without giving away parts of the plot and that is part of the charm of watching a Sherlock Holmes' movie!

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  • euphie published 09/04/2017
    vh :o)
  • DodoRabbit published 05/04/2017
    Well reviewed :)
  • frankiecesca published 30/03/2017
    Good write up x
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That sly sleuth, the one and only Sherlock Holmes, is called to solve yet another baffling mystery in THE PEARL OF DEATH. When the famous Borgia pearl disappears from a ferry that is crossing the English Channel, frequent Holmes nemesis, uber-criminal Giles Conover, is revealed to be the culprit. It's up to the detective to use his incredible skill and sixth sense to find the valuable jewel and defeat Conover and his assistant, a nearly invincible creature known as 'the Creeper'.


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