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FULL SYNOPSIS

This above-average entry in Universal's series is loosely based on the Conan Doyle story The Six Napoleons. On this occasion, Holmes (Basil Rathbone) and Watson (Nigel Bruce) are assigned to guard the priceless Borgia Pearl, a "cursed" gem that has inspired scores of murders over the years. Their principal antagonist is master criminal Giles Conover (Miles Mander), who, though he is constantly thwarted in his efforts to pilfer the pearl, manages to discredit Holmes in the eyes of the public. Conover's chief assistant is the beautiful Naomi Drake (Evelyn Ankers), who adopts several clever disguises in the course of the action. Complicating matters is a series of seemingly unrelated murders, in which the victims are found with their backs broken, lying amidst piles of shattered China. Holmes deduces the connection between the murders and the Borgia Pearl, and in so doing nearly becomes the latest victim of The Creeper (Rondo Hatton), a horribly disfigured homicidal maniac. In addition to providing Basil Rathbone and Evelyn Keyes endless opportunities for bravura disguise scenes, The Pearl of Death launched the short starring career of the tragic Rondo Hatton, a real-life victim of the disfiguring disease known as acromegaly. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:August 1, 1944

Cast

Basil Rathbone
as Sherlock Holmes
Nigel Bruce
as Dr. Watson
Dennis Hoey
as Inspector Lestrade
Evelyn Ankers
as Naomi Drake
Miles Mander
as Giles Conover
Ian Wolfe
as Hodder, antique shop owner
Holmes Herbert
as James Goodram Diamond Courier
Richard Nugent
as Bates Museum Guard
Mary Gordon
as Mrs. Hudson Sherlock Holmes' Housekeeper
Rondo Hatton
as The Creeper
Wilson Benge
Billy Bevan
as Constable
Lillian Bronson
as Maj. Harker's Housekeeper
Harry Cording
as George Gelder, Plaster Bust Manufacturer
Leslie Denison
as Constable Murdock
Al Ferguson
Colin Kenny
as Guard
Connie Leon
as Ellen Carey
Eric Wilton
as Chauffeur
Leyland Hodgson
as Customs officer
Connie Leon
as Ellen Carey
Harry Cording
as George Gelder, Plaster Bust Manufacturer
Eric Wilton
as Chauffeur
Lillian Bronson
as Maj. Harker's Housekeeper
Billy Bevan
as Constable
Colin Kenny
as Guard
Leslie Denison
as Constable Murdock

Crew

Roy William Neill
Director
Roy William Neill
Producer
Bertram Millhauser
Screenwriter
Virgil E. Miller
Cinematographer
Paul Sawtell
Musical Direction/Supervision
Hans Salter
Composer (Music Score)
Vera West
Costume Designer
Joe Lapis
Sound/Sound Designer
Melville Shyer
First Assistant Director
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