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Sherlock Holmes (1922)

 -  Drama | Mystery  -  7 March 1922 (USA)
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A young Sherlock Holmes seeks to bring down the criminal mastermind Moriarty as he solves a crime involving a blackmailed prince.

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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 Anonymous

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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 »

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Silent Holmes is lifeless.
12 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Suffering from the same quandary as the silent Shakespeares this early film version of the famous sleuth involving blackmail and royal scandal would be swimming in title cards if it were possible to do any justice to the deductive supremacy of the world's most famous detective. As Holmes John Barrymore cuts a fine figure matching Sherlock's aquiline features and introspective looks of discern but without verbal dissection the film is merely a lengthy series of long stares, evil looks and perplexed squinting.

Director Albert Parker does anything but as the film hangs limply about void of action and suspense save for one jolting suicidal moment. The titanic confrontation and battle of wits between Holmes and Moriarity does not even attain low grade fever pitch though when all is said and done hints at a sequel.

Roland Young's Dr. Watson is reduced to watching Holmes think while Gustav Von Seyiffritz as Moriarity registers his menace with a fatigued Caligari boniness. William Powell as a snitch along with Carrol Dempster and Hedda Hopper show a little life in their performances but overall this Holmes is a crime.


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