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Sherlock Holmes (1916)

Not Rated | | Mystery | 15 May 1916 (USA)
When a couple of swindlers hold young Alice Faulkner against her will in order to discover the whereabouts of letters which could spell scandal for the royal family, Sherlock Holmes is on the case.

Director:

Arthur Berthelet

Writers:

H.S. Sheldon (scenario), William Gillette (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Gillette ... Sherlock Holmes
Marjorie Kay Marjorie Kay ... Alice Faulkner
Ernest Maupain ... Professor Moriarty
Edward Fielding ... Dr. Watson
Mario Majeroni Mario Majeroni ... James Larrabee
Grace Reals ... Madge Larrabee
William Postance ... Sidney Prince
Stewart Robbins ... Benjamin Forman
Burford Hampden ... Billy
Chester Beery Chester Beery ... Craigin
Frank Hamilton Frank Hamilton ... Tim Leary
Fred Malatesta ... 'Lightfoot' McTague
Leona Ball Leona Ball ... Thérèse
Hugh Thompson ... Sir Edward Leighton
Ludwig Kreiss Ludwig Kreiss ... Baron von Stalburg
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When a couple of swindlers hold young Alice Faulkner against her will in order to discover the whereabouts of letters which could spell scandal for the royal family, Sherlock Holmes is on the case.

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FIRST TIME IN PHOTO FORM OF THIS CELEBRATED PLAY AND STORY (Print ad- Washington Herald, ((Washington D.C.)) 25 June 1916)

Genres:

Mystery

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Trivia

William Gillette was the first actor to be universally acclaimed for portraying Sherlock Holmes, having written and staged the first authorized play in 1899. This film is the only preserved record of him doing Sherlock Holmes. See more »

Goofs

The sign outside Dr. (John) Watson's office reads G. WATSON, M.D. Either nobody noticed the art director's mistake or, more likely, they didn't want to go to the time and expense of making a new sign. See more »

Quotes

Professor Moriarty: So, will it be peace or war?
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Connections

Version of Sherlock Holmes' Fatal Hour (1931) See more »

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Lost Film Found
16 November 2015 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

The great news was told to us recently on TCM, accompanied by a premiere showing; a copy of "Sherlock Holmes" was found and restored earlier this year year in France. It was originally released as a 4-part feature in 1916 but was released in France as a 7-part serial in 1920. It has been restored to its original 4 parts and that is what we saw here on TV. It is great news since it is the only existing film of Sherlock Holmes' most famous impersonator, William Gillette.

As impressive as the restoration was, with its alternate scenes tinted blue and orange (the orange seemed gold, but no matter), the story itself was simplistic in nature and lacked the resourceful cleverness of Doyle's stories. Maybe it was the only way to tell a story on film without the benefit of dialogue, but this one was straightforward and without guile. A young woman is held against her will so her kidnappers could make her tell the location of some letters of hers, which could be used for ransom. Holmes wants to help her, and so he does. The bad guys get their comeuppance and all is right again.

Gillette was 60 at the time and was probably heavily made up. Otherwise it would have been a stretch to have him win the heart of the damsel in distress. In no other Holmes story did he 'get the girl'. Nevertheless, it was rewarding to finally view this lost treasure and to realize another lost film could be preserved for posterity.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1916 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Шерлок Холмс See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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