Saturday, 23 January 2010

Sherlock Holmes in Pursuit to Algiers (1945)

After an entertainingly bizarre and intriguing opening sequence in which we learn that Watson finds the thought of eating fish and chips most distasteful, Holmes is recruited to make sure that a young heir to a throne is returned safely to his country - which may be no easy feat considering there is a powerful group extremely opposed to this very thing. Mostly set on board a sea liner, Sherlock Holmes in Pursuit to Algiers has a plethora of interesting and suspicious characters, and some menacing (and sometimes intelligent) foes, and some funny scenes thanks to Nigel Bruce's Dr Watson. The ending is very well done too.

All in all this is a strong episode from the Sherlock Holmes Definitive Collection - it perhaps relies overmuch on humour but since the sleuthing and double-bluffing are cleverly played, this actually works really well.

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