Synopsis: While arrogantly demonstrating the flaws in a museum's security system, Sherlock Holmes accidentally allows a notorious criminal to steal a highly-valuable pearl with a sinister past. With his reputation under attack, Holmes investigates a series of seemingly random murders believing they are somehow connected to the stolen pearl.
Movie Review: The Pearl of Death (1944)
A review of the 1944 Sherlock Holmes movie starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce.
Who's In It?
The movie stars Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Evelyn Ankers, Miles Mander and Rondo Hatton.
I once again decided to watch a movie this morning before going to work and, since I've had recent luck with classic Sherlock Holmes' movies, decided to watch another one. After some consideration, I picked this one.
At first, I thought I made a mistake with this particular film because, at least early on, it didn't seem like it was going to be as good as the other films I've watched. This is mostly because, at first, it didn't seem to have much of a mystery. We knew what was stolen, why it was stolen and even who did it. It was really just a matter of tracking down the crook.
However, as the movie progressed, it turned out to be much more interesting than I originally thought, mostly because the various, seemingly-unrelated murders were somewhat intriguing. Holmes (Rathbone) knew the killer was a man known as the Creeper (Hatton). But, his relationship with the man who stole the pearl (Mander) and why he was murdering those particular people was definitely puzzling.
I also liked some of the suspense that was created when Holmes faced the Creeper later on in the film. It's always great seeing a movie hero overcome a situation where he is greatly over-matched and I did wonder just how he was going to survive the situation.
Another thing I found I liked about this movie was the way this case managed to humble Holmes, even if it was just for a little bit. Rathbone's version of the detective does come off as super arrogant in a lot of the films and it was great to see that arrogance backfire. It also seemed to create a little more tension between him and Inspector Lestrade (Dennis Hoey) because they were momentarily on equal footing and Holmes had to work to re-earn the inspector's respect.
|Sherlock Holmes in Pearl of Death|
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson race an archcriminal to a big pearl hidden in one of six Napoleon busts.
Despite my early doubts, this turned out to be a surprisingly good movie with a halfway decent mystery. I definitely enjoyed watching it and would recommend it.
My Grade: B
More By This Writer
|Love Poems for My Wife|
When Steve first met Cynthia back in 2000, he knew she was the woman for him and proposed to her just three months after their first date. Married to her since 2003, he has ofte...
|Angels Don't Always Have Wings|
Steve never thought of himself as an overly religious person and had rarely set foot inside of a church. However, after agreeing to attend a service following a visit to a churc...
You might also likeMovie Review: Jungle Woman (1944)
A review of the 1944 science fiction movie starring Acquanetta and Evelyn Ank...Movie Review: Laura (1944)
A review of the film noir classic starring Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews.Movie Review: Weird Woman (1944)
A review of the thriller starring Lon Chaney Jr. and Anne Gwynne.
StevenHelmer, Thank you for product lines, pretty pictures and practical information.
The library system does not have The Pearl of Death listed among its Blu-ray and DVD collections. But sometimes an omnibus collection hides one of its many films in plain sight from the cataloguers, who only have so many spaces with which they fill online catalogue-relevant information.
How is Dennis Hoey's interpretation of Lestrade, and who would you elect to have play him in a colorized reboot or remake?