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Sherlock Holmes (1922)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alice Faulkner
Percy Knight ...
Sid Jones
Foreman Wells (as William H. Powell)
Madge Larrabee
Peggy Bayfield ...
Rose Faulkner
Margaret Kemp ...
James Larrabee
Robert Schable ...
Prince Alexis
Count von Stalburg


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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THESE EYES COULD READ THE INMOST THOUGHTS OF THE GUILTY! Cool, canny, baffling Sherlock Holmes was a figure to be reckoned with by the masters of lawlessness (Print Ad- Duluth Herald,((Duluth, Minn.)) 14 October 1922)


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Release Date:

7 March 1922 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Шерлок Холмс  »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$176,500, 31 December 1922
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Albert Parker and John Barrymore went into some of the toughest dives in New York, talking with over one hundred people, in order to cast some roughnecks. See more »


Sherlock Holmes: Please don't think me impertinent, but I know that revenge will only embitter your own life and in no way lessen the wrong that has been done.
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Referenced in The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes (1985) See more »

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Historically important but an insult to Sherlock Holmes fans
4 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

This starts out with Sherlock Holmes (John Barrymore) and Dr. Watson (Roland Young) as VERY old looking college students. They help Prince Alexis (Reginald Denny) foil a plot against him by the sinister Dr. Moriarty (Gustav von Seyffertitz). They cut to years later when Holmes is a world famous detective and Watson is married and a successful doctor. Moriarty again comes into Holmes' life when he threatens Prince Alexis with incriminating love letters! That's right--Holmes on a case to get some stupid love letters! Arthur Conan Doyle must have been spinning in his grave when this came out!

There are so many things wrong with this it's unbelievable. First off Barrymore is terrible as Holmes. He walks through the role and shows none of the deductive powers that Basil Rathbone did so effortlessly. Also he was 40 when he did this--and looks it. Watson is barely in this one--he adds almost nothing to the story line. Moriarty looks hysterically evil. He looks like something out of a Charles Dickens' novel! Not even close to the suave Moriarty we all know and hate. The case here is, as stated before, so ridiculous it's insulting. Even worse Holmes is given a love interest!!! That's totally against any of the books or the character! Historically this is important as (I believe) the first full length Holmes picture and I'm glad it's available. Sadly, as is sometimes the case, it doesn't live up to its reputation. If you're a Holmes fan like me stay far FAR away from this one!

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