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Thursday, May 29, 2008

PURSUIT TO ALGIERS (1945)

Middling entry in Universal ’s updated Sherlock Holmes series finds Basil Rathbone & Nigel Bruce literally at sea to protect a democracy loving King from a murder plot. (Holmes is, of course, never figuratively at sea.) With an OK plot twist at the end and darn handsome lensing from Paul Ivanov (check out his cool silent film credits), this should be a bit more fun than it is. But the supporting players are contract drudges and the boat is so stuffed with sedate drawing rooms, bedrooms & dining rooms, a walk on the deck is about the only exercise we get.

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