The Pearl of Death (1944) 1080p YIFY Movie

The Pearl of Death (1944) 1080p

The Pearl of Death is a movie starring Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, and Dennis Hoey. When a valuable pearl with a sinister reputation is stolen, Sherlock Holmes must investigate its link to a series of brutal murders.

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  • Genre: Crime | Drama
  • Quality: 1080p
  • Size: 1.31G
  • Resolution: / fps
  • Language: English
  • Run Time: 69
  • IMDB Rating: 7.2/10 
  • MPR: Normal
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The Synopsis for The Pearl of Death (1944) 1080p

When a pearl with a sinister reputation for causing misfortune to its owners is stolen from a museum by a master criminal because of Sherlock Holmes' show-boating, he is naturally obliged to find it. Soon, he learns of a series of brutal murders that seemed to have been commited by a malevolent man mountain known only as the Creeper. Now, Holmes must deal with the seemingly overwhelming menace of this man and his boss in order to retrieve the pearl.

The Director and Players for The Pearl of Death (1944) 1080p

[Director]Roy William Neill
[Role:]Evelyn Ankers
[Role:]Nigel Bruce
[Role:]Basil Rathbone
[Role:]Dennis Hoey

The Reviews for The Pearl of Death (1944) 1080p

A frantic hunt for a blood-stained pearlReviewed bybinapiraeusVote: 7/10

The famous, huge, and of course immensely valuable Borgia Pearl is just on its way to its 'safe' place in a London museum, when Giles Conover and his greedy gang (including pretty Naomi Drake) almost manage to steal it while it's being shipped to London. But since this valuable jewel has to be guarded, of course, Holmes is on the same ship, and (in another fabulous disguise as an elderly clergyman) recovers it from clever Naomi.

So, it's finally placed in its 'uniquely' guarded place in the museum - and the director lets Watson, who's got his doubts about its safety, demonstrate how his security system works: as soon as Watson takes the pearl away from its cushion, the alarm bells ring and all doors and windows are automatically shut! But a little later, when Holmes, Watson and the director are discussing the security matter again in his office, Holmes turns the tables and demonstrates to HIM that his system is not at all that safe: because it's all connected by only three little wires, which Holmes disconnects in order to show the security flaws to the director - BUT in those few minutes until the system is restored, a member of the gang, disguised as a worker, manages to get away with the priceless pearl; for once, the great Sherlock Holmes has embarrassed himself most terribly...

And so the hunt for the pearl, which must be hidden somewhere, begins - but it isn't called the 'Pearl of Death' by pure chance: in the many centuries since it belonged to the infamous Borgias, it has brought death upon many people; and it continues to do so. Very soon, a series of murders begins, with the victims having no relation whatsoever with each other or the pearl - but all bear the same cruel 'handwriting' of the murderer: their backs are all broken at exactly the same spot; the method a demented mass murderer, who's believed dead by the police by now, used years ago. And there's another thing the scenes of all crimes have got in common: around all the victims, whole heaps of broken china are scattered...

A very intriguing, entertaining case, with many unusual features: Holmes, the great, PERFECT detective, makes a vital mistake for the first time without which the whole story wouldn't even have happened; the ending is made up of a very cunning psychological trick instead of the usual chase scene; and another thing: Evelyn Ankers, who usually played the frightened heroine in Universals thrillers and horror movies, gets an opportunity here to show MUCH more of her talent in various disguises, and most of all, as the reckless femme fatale fit for any Film Noir of the time! This is definitely one entry in the Rathbone/Bruce 'Holmes' series that not only Sherlock Holmes fanatics will find enormously interesting, thrilling and entertaining...

Modest Holmes serial becomes powerful allegory for the failure of the Enlightenment.Reviewed bythe red duchessVote: 7/10

there are some series that bounce along nicely, offering familiar pleasures and few surprises, content to reshuffle trusted elements in a reassuring way. But, through some freak, a particular historical moment, maybe, or the fortuituous hitting on the right subject, a particular film can transcend its series, can become strange, rich, resonant, clever, even though the same old elements haven't changed. It happened the 'Carry On' films with 'Cleo' and the Bunuellian masterpiece 'Up the Khyber'. 'Pearl of Death' isn't quite up to that standard, but there is something about this film more compellingly pessimistic than the usual Rathbone/Bruce Holmes films.

The familiar pleasures are all here - Holmes with his disguises and snipings; Watson and his bumbling bemusement; Lestrade and his stubborn narrow-mindedness. There is a clever plot with some good twists, and a particularly charmless villain. Director Neill does what he can with a limited budget, creating atmosphere, menace and tension through camerawork rather than expensive period sets.

Normally, this is about all you'd get from the series. But 'Pearl' offers something more. Most Holmes plots are bizarre enough until explained away, but there is a Chestertonian absurdity to this one, of a priceless, murderous jewel secreted in one of six busts of Napoleon, that hints at a peculiarly English kind of nonsense, of dream, verging on nightmare. Once again Holmes' disguises are ritualised, the emphasis on acting, on playing a part, of shifting, unreliable identities.

We must remember that this film was made in 1944, the height of the Second World War. Conan Doyle's story was written in 1903, before any world war. Comparing film and story is instructive. In the story, a not hostile Lestrade comes to Holmes with an unusual case which, with a few interviews, some casual racism, inductive reasoning and supreme detachment, the great detective solves. Here, however, Holmes is the source of the crime, the mystery, the five murders. It is his unwitting, Watson-like dismantling of the security system that enables Giles Conover to steal the jewel. Conover is thus, in a sense, Holmes' double, committing his crimes, maybe a Freudian emanation of the Id. This is a world as yet unknown to Doyle, a world where moral certainties have so collapsed that even Holmes now facilitates thieves and murderers.

Conan Doyle's Holmes is the true Enlightenment man, hiding his decadent taste for cocaine and atonal violins by reason, by his assurance that the world can be explained, that knowledge can be transmitted, and the world made a safer, even better place. One person as responsible for this ideology as anyone was Dr. Johnson, whose great Dictionary is one of the major Enlightenment artefacts. Here, this very book conceals a weapon intended to kill Holmes (there is some lovely comedy and suspense here, as an unaffectedly curious Watson tries to open it).

Similarly, Watson as a doctor represents progress through science. And yet, the chief agent of evil in this film is a hideous, deformed convict, half-man, half-beast, the Creeper, a Yahoo-like monster that Enlightenment man would deny (Lestrade thinks him dead) and yet who keeps resurfacing (there's class stuff too - Conover and the Creeper go through the servants entrance on their way to the final bust; his accomplice holds a number of menial jobs).

The climax is more suited to a horror movie (that great genre of reason breaking down), with its allusions to Poe, its monster and Holmes as a mad scientist lying in wait, a powerful allegory of the struggle between bestiality, reason and murder taking place in Europe (perhaps why the 'Six Napoleons' story was chosen, alluding to another charismatic, continent-dominating lunatic). Holmes' final, generic summation may have been intended as propaganda, but its tone and content is pessimistic, even defeatist: not even Holmes is sure evil can be vanquished. Extraordinary stuff.

Another excellent adventure for Sherlock Holmes!Reviewed byThe_VoidVote: 9/10

This entry in Universal's awesome and prolific series of Sherlock Holmes films is one of the best that I've seen. The series works because it offers a solid hour (or so) of light entertainment, which it peppers with good humour and an engaging plot; and that is something that is masterfully handled with this movie. The plot of this film is great, and it follows Sherlock Holmes as he makes a rare blunder which leads to a rare and valuable pearl being stolen from a museum. It is then left up to the main man to make up for his mistake as he attempts to search for the lost gem and get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding it's disappearance. This plot makes a great base for a tale about the great detective as it puts him in a position that we don't usually see him in - the man in the wrong. Aside from being amusing, this also gives us the chance to see a different side of Basil Rathbone's portrayal of the great detective. His mannerisms and facial expressions as he realises the trouble that his showboating has brought are priceless, and a highlight of the series on the whole.

Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce make for a great on-screen duo as Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick, Dr Watson and they are joined by the inept police sergeant; Lestrade, and that only increases the comedy element of the movie. The plot line this time doesn't break any new boundaries where mystery plotting is concerned, but it ensures that the film always runs smoothly through it's short running time. It also makes for some great dialogue, and Holmes' speech towards the end is of particular note for being really well done. The atmosphere for this movie is really well done, and as we follow someone that breaks people's backs during the night; this helps the story immensely. My only criticism of this film really is the same one that could be applied to most of the series, and that's that the film is far too short, and we can never really get our teeth into the mystery because the film just isn't on for long enough. However, aside from that this is still a very good Sherlock Holmes adventure and if you've enjoyed other entries in the series, no doubt you'll like this one too.

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