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Sherlock Holmes in Pursuit To Algiers
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Pursuit to Algiers (1945) begins as Holmes and Watson learn that the King of a Ravenia has been assassinated and his son Nikolas is now a marked man. The great detective and his comrade are pressed into service to protect the life of the soon-to- be crowned monarch. The detective and the good doctor take to the sea in order to safeguard the young heir on his journey from London back to his homeland and throne. The soon-to-be king poses as Dr. Watson's nephew while a number of the SS Friesland's passengers appear eccentric, suspicious and downright sinister. The ship makes an unexpected stop in Lisbon and Holmes is presented with yet three more mysterious passengers.
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Here, we have Watson running decoy as Holmes conducts an international intrigue to get a Prince back to his Mediterranean country to be crowned, all in the face of repeated attempted assasinations by swarthy characters, (all superbly cast!) aboard a ship. In this entry, it's Watson who ultimately comes to Holmes rescue.
Also, this particular DVD is beautifully restored and digitized from a 35mm print by UCLA -- clear as a crystal. You'll see very few old films which have been this nicely restored. The aspect ratio is 4:3 Full Screen if you're interested in such details. This is true of all the MPI/UCLA restored Rathbone/Bruce Sherlock Holmes films -- these are the ones to get and you can forget about the three or four entries which are available at the local Dollar Store for a buck (but not "Pursuit to Algiers"). They aren't 1/3 the quality of these fine restorations.
Finally, I bought this DVD because it is only rarely shown on television as are "Terror by Night", "The Woman in Green", and a couple of others. On my 32" LCD Flatscreen TV, watching this DVD is like being at the movies!
The story works pretty well although it does not have quite the energy of some of the earlier Bruce/Rathbone collaborations.
The description on the Box of the plot sort of makes it a collector's item.
As with a certain metered degree of the captioning done on these films, the plot description is terribly inaccurate.
Just for the record the King of a Ravenia has been assassinated and his son Nikolas is now a potential target of assassination.
Holmes fools the on-board assassins by having the Future King pose as a Ship Steward.
It is Dr. Watson's Nephew who poses as the Future King.
Nikolas, the Future King never poses as Dr. Watson's Nephew as the box description says.
This glaring inaccuracy is no big deal other than it sort of makes it even more collectable.
I am thinking of compiling a complete list of all the captioning mistakes and omissions and Box Sleeve inaccuracies.
Frustrating only in that it is pure slackness on the part of MPI.
The quality (long believed lost forever) of the films is the over riding redeeming feature overall though.
It is important to remember... that Rathbone and Bruce were a lot like Lennon and McCartney....even when they were not at their absolute best together...they were still 100 times better than anyone else.
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