Saturday, 23 January 2010

Sherlock Holmes and the Pearl of Death (1944)

Sherlock Holmes is on the case again; having recovered an extremely valuable pearl from a criminal mastermind, when he demonstrates the failings of the security system at the museum where it is to be housed, he unwittingly makes it possible for the same mastermind to steal it again. Professional pride and reputation at stake, Holmes set forth to recover the pearl once more.

The pearl in question has a bit of a reputation for people seeking it turning up dead; with a worthy adversary in the form of Giles Conover (Miles Mander) and his beautiful and dangerous accomplice Naomi Drake (Evelyn Ankers), along with a back-breaking henchman known only as "The Creeper" (Rondo Hatton), the cat and mouse detective work is interesting and rarely predictable. Watson has a good performance here, if only because his bumbling and mumbling are funnier than usual, and being a Ron William Neill movie, there's a rather baffling and awful speech at the end - how Basil Rathbone must have hated those! Not to worry though, after the next film which has an even worse concluding speech, they seem to have been ditched in favour of less nauseous endings. Probably has something to do with the end of the war, I guess - "uplifting" speeches were the order of the day when WWII was still going on.




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