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The Musgrave Ritual (1912)

The strained expression on the face of one maid servant in a group of six, gives to the mind of Sherlock Holmes, the master of all detectives, the clue to the unraveling of this remarkable ... See full summary »

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The strained expression on the face of one maid servant in a group of six, gives to the mind of Sherlock Holmes, the master of all detectives, the clue to the unraveling of this remarkable and unusual mystery. The maid and the butler planned and carried out a daring robbery in which they secured a mysterious ritual which told of a hidden treasure and gave directions for the finding of the money and jewels. Following the directions, the butler and the maid locate the hidden fortune, but coming suddenly in possession of such enormous riches, turned the head of this daring woman. The decision was reached in an instant, "I will have it all," and just as the butler handed out the treasure laden box, she allowed the heavy flag stone to crash down upon him. Imprisoning him in this death trap where the treasure had lain for years. When he arrived on the scene. Holmes wanted a clue. By clever grouping of the servants of the household, he flashed the old parchment hearing the ritual and watched... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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THE MUSGRAVE RITUAL {Short} (Georges Treville, 1912) **
19 October 2013 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

An early Sherlock Holmes case, this was directed by the actor playing Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous sleuth; as actor, Treville appeared a number of times in the role and, indeed, I acquired THE COPPER BEECHES from the same year soon after watching this! Curiously enough, Holmes' sidekick Dr. Watson is completely omitted here: consequently, the film feels odd – since this would basically constitute watching a Lone Ranger film without the benefit of Tonto's presence or, worse, a comedy with Laurel but no Hardy! The hero, too, is portrayed in his most recognizable i.e. pedantic fashion; being over a century old, then, the film elicits little more than historical interest today – at least, the subterranean location where the Musgrave treasure is barely hidden away from human eye is depicted via an attractively-painted set. The mystery, as seen in the movie, is not really worth Holmes' intuitive detection but, as I said, there are certain concessions the viewer has to make in order to extract a modicum of pleasure from the experience! Thankfully, the print quality is impressive for a 100-year old film.


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