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Sherlock Holmes (1932)

The famous detective is pulled away from retirement and his fiancée when the condemned Moriarty escapes from prison and swears vengeance.


William K. Howard




Complete credited cast:
Clive Brook ... Sherlock Holmes
Miriam Jordan ... Alice Faulkner
Ernest Torrence ... Professor James Moriarty
Herbert Mundin ... George
Reginald Owen ... Dr. Watson
Howard Leeds Howard Leeds ... Little Billy
Alan Mowbray ... Colonel Gore-King
C. Montague Shaw ... Judge
Frank Atkinson Frank Atkinson ... Man in Pub
Ivan F. Simpson ... Faulkner
Stanley Fields ... Tony Ardetti


Moriarty is sentenced to death, and Sherlock Holmes prepares to retire to the country and marry his girl (sic). But Moriarty has sworn that Holmes, Lt-Col Gore-King of Scotland Yard, and his trial judge shall all be hanged too. When Moriarty escapes and proceeds to put his threat into operation, Holmes has to postpone his retirement. Written by Kieron O'Hara <koh@psyc.nott.ac.uk>

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The audio disks from this movie are not known to survive, but since the film was recorded on Movietone, sound on film, this is not a problem. See more »


The lamp in Erskine's office is supposed to have been switched on since before Erskine vanished, and so the bulb should have been quite hot, but Holmes unscrews it with his bare hand, showing no pain or discomfort. See more »


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Not bad for an early Holmes entry
1 July 2005 | by jhboswellSee all my reviews

In this day and age, we have been exposed to some excellent, enthusiastic actors tackling the mighty Sherlock. In 1932, there was nothing to speak of. Sir Arthur had died a few years before, and fans knew there would be no more original stories.

So, I think this is a pretty good "tour DE force." Sure, it's nowhere near any "real" Holmes story; and sure, it includes some pretty bizarre elements. But, given the times, it's worthwhile. There is some great acting, from underplaying of Holmes to really fun overplaying of the villains; a good pace to the story; and I was very happy with the production.

Think B-gangster movie and you won't be disappointed. But, if you really want Sherlock, fast forward to Basil Rathbone!

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Release Date:

6 November 1932 (USA) See more »

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Sherlock Holmes See more »

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Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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