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The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes (1935)

Unrated | | Mystery, Thriller | 26 August 1935 (UK)
Holmes, retired to Sussex, is drawn into a last case when.arch enemy Moriarty arranges with an American gang to kill one John Douglas, a country gentleman with a mysterious past. Holmes' ... See full summary »


Leslie S. Hiscott


Arthur Conan Doyle (novel), H. Fowler Mear (adaptation) | 1 more credit »

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Complete credited cast:
Arthur Wontner ... Sherlock Holmes
Lyn Harding ... Professor Moriarty
Leslie Perrins ... John Douglas
Jane Carr ... Ettie Douglas
Ian Fleming ... Dr. Watson
Charles Mortimer Charles Mortimer ... Inspector Lestrade
Minnie Rayner ... Mrs. Hudson
Michael Shepley ... Cecil Barker
Ben Welden ... Ted Balding
Roy Emerton Roy Emerton ... Boss McGinty
Conway Dixon Conway Dixon ... Ames
Wilfrid Caithness Wilfrid Caithness ... Colonel Sebastian Moran
Edmund D'Alby Edmund D'Alby ... Captain Marvin
Ernest Lynds Ernest Lynds ... Jacob Shafter


Holmes, retired to Sussex, is drawn into a last case when.arch enemy Moriarty arranges with an American gang to kill one John Douglas, a country gentleman with a mysterious past. Holmes' methods baffle Watson and Lestrade, but his results astonish them. In a long flashback, the victim's wife tells the story of the sinister Vermissa Valley. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Release Date:

26 August 1935 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El triunfo de Sherlock Holmes See more »

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Production Co:

Real Art Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Visatone Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film received its initial USA telecast when it hit the air waves in New York City Friday 8 September 1939 on pioneer television station W2XBS (Channel 1). See more »


Lestrade: On the way I'll tell you all I know.
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Allegro Appassionato
Music by Frederic Curzon
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A triumph of its time
30 December 2006 | by xredgarnetxSee all my reviews

TRIUMPH OF SHERLOCK HOLMES stars British thespian Arthur Wontner, today a forgotten interpreter of Holmes who would soon be overshadowed by the glossy American productions starring the illustrious Basil Rathbone, for some people the greatest Holmes ever. Wontner is actually a terrific Holmes, and looks remarkably like the first illustrations of Holmes. Wontner also prepared the dialog for the movie, and sticks relatively close to the source material, in this case THE VALLEY OF FEAR. Ian Fleming's Dr. Watson is a lot closer to the Watson of the stories, a retired Army officer and dapper fellow with an eye for the ladies. Wontner and Fleming have a palpable chemistry and affectionate interplay that reminds me more of the Holmes and Watson of the original stories than most other cinematic Holmes and Watsons. If you don't know the plot of VALLEY, and I admittedly had forgotten, you will be kept guessing right up to the very end the identity of the killer. A word on Lyn Harding as Holmes' archfoe Moriarty: He is as good a Moriarty as I have ever seen on screen. What keeps me from giving this film an extra point is its primitiveness. By 1935, most films looked and sounded a lot better than this. Also, this is a "modern" Holmes adaptation; that is to say, Holmes has been moved forward in time to the present day, in this case 1935, which may save on costumes and sets, but slightly impairs the atmosphere. See it for its historical value, and also to see someone other than Rathbone tearing it up as the world's greatest detective.

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