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Pursuit to Algiers


Adventure / Crime / Mystery / Romance

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Nigel Bruce Photo
Nigel Bruce as Dr. John H. Watson
Gordon Jackson Photo
Gordon Jackson as Steward
Marjorie Riordan Photo
Marjorie Riordan as Sheila Woodbury
Basil Rathbone Photo
Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes
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598.77 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 5 min
P/S 12 / 47
1.08 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 5 min
P/S 21 / 86

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by theowinthrop6 / 10

A Voyage Into Danger

The Sherlock Holmes Series is actually fun for the fans of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, but the individual films are a mixed bag as mysteries themselves. The best mysteries are THE SCARLET CLAW, THE HOUSE OF FEAR, THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, SHERLOCK HOLMES FACES DEATH. The ones about the war are mediocre - more like curiosities dealing with patriotism and the war effort. After the war the series resumed plots dealing with regular crime. The best of these was THE PEARL OF DEATH, but it was not up to the top five films. One of the final films was this one, PURSUIT TO ALGIERS.

Although all the other films were rewritten from the original Conan Doyle stories, PURSUIT TO ALGIERS was totally made up from a comment dropped in the original "Canon". Doyle wrote four novels and fifty six short stories about Holmes. But in this material (equal in size to say LES MISERABLES or DON QUIXOTE) were many little comments and statements that actually have helped lead to the myriad of essays and books by Holmes' fans. Among other things are the large number of cases of Holmes that he or Watson mention casually, but never write of. In this film, the untold story is "the affair of the steamship "Friesland" that so nearly cost us both our lives". It is mentioned in one of the stories of the series called THE RETURN OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, and is usually said to be set in 1895. The actions of PURSUIT TO ALGIERS take place on the steamship "Friesland", and do almost cost Holmes and Watson their lives, but this film is set after the end of World War II. Since there was no real short story that is nothing to be critical about.

Holmes is not in part of the film (and at one point it seems he has been killed),but he does appear about the middle, and he is in good form when he is. Witness the way he takes care of Martin Kosleck, and the way he makes a typically ironic comment to Kosleck as to why he was able to be prepared. Also the business about party favors is quite nicely done. So are the supporting parts - especially Bruce's comments regarding Rosalind Ivan and John Abbott and his partner. As an entertainment it is a fine film. As a mystery it really never gets very involving. We never understand who is in the background backing the anti-royal assassins. Presumably the Communists (this is 1945),but such a guess is based on the number of Eastern European monarchies that fell following the end of World War II. Still it would help to know who the super-villain is. But then Hitchcock always ignored the central rationales of his "MacGuffins". Why not on this lesser level then? So forget the pleasure of realism, sit back, and just enjoy the antics of the characters. And keep in mind, Basil and Nigel made only two other of these films afterward. It was nearly the end of the series for them and their fans.

Reviewed by The_Void6 / 10

Lesser entry in the series, but still worth seeing

I've seen nearly all of Universal's Sherlock Holmes series by now, and have found that the level of quality doesn't vary too much between each instalment. Every entry in the series is worth watching, and I haven't seen any that I would describe as 'bad'. Pursuit to Algiers fits into this equation snugly, but even so; it's definitely one of the lesser Holmes mysteries. It does feature most of what makes the series great beyond the central plot line - such as a great performance from both the leads, a constant stream of intrigue and some great dialogue; but the actual mystery itself is rather lazy. It simply follows Holmes and Watson looking after a prince onboard a ship full of assassins. Adding to this is the fact that the sets are fairly samey, which doesn't help the film as it a few changes of scenery wouldn't have gone amiss. The film seems to know that it isn't the greatest of Holmes mysteries as well; and this translates to the screen. Holmes himself doesn't appear in the film for a proportion of the running time, which is never good when he's the main reason people are watching; and as good as Nigel Bruce is, he's not enough to carry a film about the great literary detective all on his own. I much prefer it when LeStrade features as well. Still, despite it's bad points, Pursuit to Algiers is a worthy yarn and still worth seeing for fans of these films.

Reviewed by ccthemovieman-15 / 10

OK, But Not One Of The Better Ones In The Series

This is one of the weakest Basil Rathbone-Sherlock Holmes films. It's still okay (I like all of them) but it ranks at the bottom if you're looking for an interesting "whodunnit."

Two things, I think, made this sub-par: 1 - the villains weren't evil enough, didn't do enough and didn't create enough tension and; 2 - this was almost a musical instead of a mystery. There were no less than four complete songs sung in this film. Even Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) gets in the act with a song - and he's very good, if that was really him. Marjorie Riordan sang the other three.

In addition, the ending wasn't that satisfactory, either. Yet, despite all that, Watson's typical stupidity and humor made it fun in spots but that's about it. Not recommended unless you're stuck with it as part of a four-disc set as I am, as part of the Sherlock Holmes Restored Collection. (At least the picture was clear.)

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