The Copper Beeches (1912)

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An adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes story about a father trying to gain control of his daughter's inheritance does not include Watson.




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When Mr. Rucastle finds out that his daughter Alice is engaged to be married, he becomes furious because he knows that control of the family fortune will shift to her under the provisions of his late wife's will. He orders the fiancé out, and when Alice refuses to sign away control of the estate, he locks her in a shed. He intercepts a note from the fiancé arranging a rendezvous near the copper beech trees on the estate. Rucastle hires Violet Hunter as governess to his six year old son. Violet resembles Alice enough that he hopes to convince the fiancé that she is still in the manor house. After he cuts Violet's hair, the suspicious governess enlists Holmes' aid. The great detective uncovers the plot, frees Alice, and has the scheming Rucastle arrested. Written by duke1029

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Release Date:

January 1913 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les hêtres rouges  »

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£1,000 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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Although Watson plays an important role in Conan-Doyle's original story, including shooting Rucastle's dog, he is not part of this adaptation. See more »


Remade as The Copper Beeches (1921) See more »

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THE COPPER BEECHES {Short} (Adrien Caillard, 1912) **
19 October 2013 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Much of what I wrote about THE MUSGRAVE RITUAL (1912) from the same stable applies here – down to the incongruity of watching Sherlock Holmes act as a standalone detective (albeit sporting normal clothes, as opposed to his distinctive 'costume'!); I would say that, rather than a measure of cost-cutting, this decision had something to do with star Georges Treville (ironically, forgotten at this juncture) not wishing to share the spotlight with anyone! Anyway, the plot is even more melodramatic here (cue incessant gesticulation by the entire cast), with Holmes entering proceedings only halfway through the 25-minute film! Incidentally, its makers assume audiences would be aware of the protagonist's unassailable reputation within his field – especially since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original stories were still pretty new! As in the other adaptation I watched featuring this actor, the case is solved in no time at all…giving (perhaps unwarranted) new meaning to the famously unflappable sleuth's signature quote "Elementary, my dear Watson"!

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