Sherlock Holmes in Pursuit to Algiers Reviews
The best scenes in Pursuit to Algiers are the opening ones set in London: they're very atmospheric, with puzzling goings-on that could have come right out of one of Doyle's original stories. After that the film quickly turns into a well-crafted but fairly ordinary "conveyance mystery," that is, one dealing with murder afoot on a train or (as in this case) a boat.
Leslie Vincent unfortunately gives a weak performance in a key role, but there is also a well portrayed trio of sinister villains aboard ship, and the brief scenes by character actress Rosalind Ivan as an eccentric grande dame provide interest. Marjorie Riordan's singing is less tedious than B-movie musical interludes usually are, but for fans of the series the film's high point is likely to be Nigel Bruce's charming rendition of "Loch Lomand."
If you like the Rathbone/Bruce Holmes films, you'll certainly want to add this movie to your list. It's a lesser entry in the series though, so if you haven't seen any of them you might want to start with one of the better ones.
I saw this on the MPI standard DVD, which I've seen advertised both as a stand-alone and as part of double or collection sets; the DVD quality is good.
Holmes: My dear fellow, musical talent is hardly evidence of innocence. Moriarity was a virtuoso on the bassoon."
Well, I never knew that.
Holmes has the task of protecting Prince Nikolas of Rovinia from some shady assassins on board a passenger ship bound for Algiers. But just who are the assassins? The old bag with a liking for hiking? The American chanteuse who Watson has taken a shine to? Could be - after all, as Holmes says, "Poison is a woman's weapon." A so-so entry in the series, which doesn't really get going until Mr Mirko the knife-thrower and his two associates come aboard. I liked the neat twist at the end - especially welcome as Watson makes some suggestion earlier in the film that Holmes's faculties aren't what they were. I could have done without hearing Watson singing though. There's no fool like an old fool.