The Pearl of Death

The Pearl of Death

Roy William Neill (1944)

PG Certificate


Our Score
This decent Sherlock Holmes mystery sees Baker Street's finest - Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce - encounter the Creeper (played by Rondo Hatton, a real-life acromegaly sufferer whose disfigurement resulted in his employment by Universal as a movie villain) who emerges from the shadows as homicidal sidekick to jewel thief Miles Mander. Not only is Hatton encumbered with a zombie-lumbering walk, but he also has a nasty ability to break backs and an unhealthy obsession with Mander's accomplice, Evelyn Ankers - a nightmare for us, but an elementary deduction for Holmes, if not Watson. The story's ostensibly about a set of Napoleon statues, but it's Hatton you'll be watching.


Sherlock Holmes and trusty sidekick Dr Watson are sent to guard a valuable pearl from villains. But the Baker Street sleuth is taken by surprise when the reputedly cursed gem is pilfered - and sets out to recover it. Along the way, he battles a notorious jewel thief and his murderous henchman. Mystery, starring Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Miles Mander and Rondo Hatton.

Cast & Crew

Sherlock Holmes Basil Rathbone
Dr John Watson Nigel Bruce
Giles Conover Miles Mander
The Creeper Rondo Hatton
Lestrade Dennis Hoey
Naomi Drake Evelyn Ankers
Amos Hodder Ian Wolfe
Digby Charles Francis
Director Roy William Neill
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: General Film Dist LtdAvailable on: video and DVD