George Bryan Brummel, a British military officer, loves Lady Margery, the betrothed of Lord Alvanley. Despite her own desperate love for Brummel, she submits to family pressure and marries ... See full summary »
Mel tells often exaggerated stories probably all in an effort to ingratiate himself with his peers, but which he probably also knows causes trouble. In front of some classmates, he implies ... See full summary »
One of Barrymore's most prestigious early roles, this rarely seen film also presents screen debuts of William Powell and Roland Young. When a young prince is accused of a crime that could embroil him in international scandal, debonair super-sleuth Sherlock Holmes comes to his aid, and quickly discovers that behind the incident lurks a criminal mastermind eager to reduce Western civilization to anarchy. Written by
Actor Walter Kingsford appears, uncredited, in this film as the gunman/sniper at the apartment window. Kingsford at the time of this film was appearing in Broadway plays rather than films and this is possibly his first film. In the silent era it wasn't unusual to have an uncredited actor even though the actor may have appeared memorably in a film. Since the 1922 Sherlock Holmes was lost for more than 50 years, the film could not be viewed to validate Kingsford's appearance in it. From the 1970s to 2001 much of this film was reconstructed with elements still missing, however Kingsford's appearance in it should be more noted as the film has since been put on dvd and Blu-ray. See more »
I have been viewing the great detective on film as a progression, through the years, since the early part of the 20th century. I'm sure it was fascinating for readers of the stories to watch our hero develop, and there have since been countless literary expositions on Holmes and anything accompanying him. It has likewise been a lot of fun watching different portrayals on the screen.
I have enjoyed the Eille Norwood productions immensely, and of course can strongly recommend Messieurs Rathbone and Brett in the role. Other commendable cinematic or televised Sherlocks include Charlton Heston, Peter Cushing, Christopher Plummer, Nicol Williamson--a lot of good men have played Sherlock Holmes.
But this one is the very worst one I've seen, except for a short burlesque by Douglas Fairbanks Sr. Mr. Barrymore shows zero intellectual processing--that's right, none. He is in a daze. Can you can imagine Sherlock Holmes in a daze? I understand he was intoxicated for most of the production, and it shows. If he was a great actor, he was a pitiful interpretor. I would doubt he ever read a Holmes story.
The film has some good features, as delineated by Mr. Morris in the review above this one. It is of some historical interest. It might even be a fairly good movie of its day. But, when laid beside The Hound of the Baskervilles starring Jeremy Brett, you have a turkey.
11 of 24 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?