Premiere - 05/01/2004
"[The film] still elicits shudders."
Description by OLDIES.com:
The master detective Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) and his faithful cohort Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) are back, preserved and digitally restored in 35mm to original condition by the UCLA Film and Television Archive. This newly restored version of the classic film includes the period war bond tag, studio logo and credits from its original theatrical release. Filled with ominous shadows and interesting camera angles, the visual beauty of the film in 35mm is stunning.
The famous Pearl of Death, a valuable gem with a history of bringing murder and misfortune to its owner since the days of the Borgias, finally reaches its proper place at a museum in London. But before long the jewel is ingeniously stolen. Shortly thereafter, a series of horrible murders begins, with the murderer leaving his victims surrounded by a mass of smashed china. Holmes must outwit two diabolical criminals in a complicated case that could lead to his own death.
A famous pearl with the reputation of bringing misfortune to its owners since the time of the Borgias is finally brought to rest at the British Museum in London. But due to a mistake on the parts of the normally implacable Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) and his bumbling assistant Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce), the pearl is ingeniously stolen by master thief Giles Conover (Miles Mander). Soon Holmes learns of a series of brutal murders committed by a ghoulish homicidal maniac known as "The Creeper" (Rondo Hatton), and the sleuth must determine the link between the two criminals, the pearl of death, and a collection of six plaster busts of Napoleon. Based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's story THE SIX NAPOLEONS.