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The Sign of Four: Sherlock Holmes' Greatest Case (1932)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 14 August 1932 (USA)
A young woman turns to Sherlock Holmes for protection when she's menaced by an escaped killer seeking missing treasure. However, when the woman is kidnapped, Holmes and Watson must penetrate the city's criminal underworld to find her.

Director:

Graham Cutts

Writers:

Arthur Conan Doyle (adapted from the story by) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), W.P. Lipscomb (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Arthur Wontner ... Sherlock Holmes
Isla Bevan ... Mary Morstan
Ian Hunter ... Dr. Watson
Graham Soutten Graham Soutten ... Jonathan Small
Miles Malleson ... Thaddeus Sholto
Herbert Lomas Herbert Lomas ... Major Sholto
Gilbert Davis Gilbert Davis ... Atherly Jones
Margaret Yarde Margaret Yarde ... Mrs. Smith
Roy Emerton Roy Emerton ... The Tattooed Man
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A young woman turns to Sherlock Holmes for protection when she's menaced by an escaped killer seeking missing treasure. However, when the woman is kidnapped, Holmes and Watson must penetrate the city's criminal underworld to find her.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Zeichen der 4 See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Roy Emerton. See more »

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In the original Sherlock Holmes stories, Holmes's residence and consulting room were located at 221B Baker Street in London. However, an early establishing shot in the film shows Holmes's address to be 22A Baker Street. See more »

Quotes

Det. Insp. Atherly Jones: I want to know where the pearls are.
Dr. John H. Watson: Yes, where are they?
Mary Morstan: Small's taken them.
Dr. John H. Watson: Then they are at the bottom of the river where we can find them... so now you'll be so terribly rich, I can't even claim you as a friend, much less ask you...
Mary Morstan: What?
Sherlock Holmes: Sorry the jewels are so distasteful to you, Ms. Marston, but I have the pearls. I took them from Jonathan Small when we first came to grips. I didn't want them to get wet, so I'm afraid you'll have to have them back
Dr. John H. Watson: Amazing!
Sherlock Holmes: Elementary, my dear Watson, ...
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9 June 2007 | by petermurrellSee all my reviews

I have been a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes for many years, both in book form and movie/TV versions. Movie versions have been churned out for well over 100 years and there have been some odd casting for the great detective e.g. Clive Brook, Rupert Everett & even Roger Moore! Personally, I have always favoured the Rathbone/Bruce versions even though they stretched the imagination on occasions by leaping from Victorian London to London during the second World War. I only recently managed to obtain copies of Arthur Wontner in The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes and The Sign of Four and I have to say Wontner seems to be the perfect Sherlock Holmes. What a pity he didn't make more Sherlock Holmes movies! Apart from the sound quality of the print (which has been mentioned in other reviews), his physical similarity to the original Strand Magazine illustrations by Sydney Paget (and others) and his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes is quite remarkable.


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