When Mr. Rucastle finds out that his daughter Alice is engaged to be married, he becomes furious because he knows that control of the family fortune will shift to her under the provisions of his late wife's will. He orders the fiancé out, and when Alice refuses to sign away control of the estate, he locks her in a shed. He intercepts a note from the fiancé arranging a rendezvous near the copper beech trees on the estate. Rucastle hires Violet Hunter as governess to his six year old son. Violet resembles Alice enough that he hopes to convince the fiancé that she is still in the manor house. After he cuts Violet's hair, the suspicious governess enlists Holmes' aid. The great detective uncovers the plot, frees Alice, and has the scheming Rucastle arrested.Written by
Considering the wonderful cinema that Holmes has inspired since the little nickeloden title "Sherlock Holmes Baffled" in 1903, this little one doesn't stack up well. Filmed in England by a French (!) production company in 1912, presumably supervised and produced by Sir Arthur himself, it is no more than a filmed pantomime performed by actors who had no concept of the camera. We realize stage actors have to make grandiose gesticulations, but didn't the director know something about filming? Hard to follow, strays far away from the story, a "quickie" very forgettable. I recommend you fast-forward nine years to the Stoll productions.
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