Fun Size Review: Sherlock Holmes (1922)


John Barrymore is Sherlock Holmes, college student. Our callow detective is soon matching wits with Professor Moriarty and romancing Griffith loan-out Carol Dempster. Disjointed and a bit dull but it is interesting to see Barrymore’s take on the character and to catch a very young William Powell in his very first movie role.


[toggler title=”How does it end? (click here for a spoiler)” ]Sherlock Holmes gets married (!) and heads off on his honeymoon, pausing only to arrest Moriarty.[/toggler]

(Read my full-length review here.)

If it were a dessert it would be:

tapioca parfait

Tapioca Parfaits. Looks good but it’s a bit on the dull side.

Availability: The restored version has been released on DVD, Blu-ray and via streaming by Kino Lorber.

Oooo, Moriarty just totally burned Sherlock! Animated GIF

sherlock-holmes-1922-john-barrymore-good-little-boyTo put things in context, John Barrymore’s Sherlock Holmes starts out has a college kid chasing after the mysterious Moriarty. Gustav von Seyffertitz the the villainous professor. Von Seyffertitz seemed to have it in for the Barrymore boys. He menaced John again in Don Juan and drove Lionel to madness in The Bells.

On the great Moriarty scale, I give von Seyffertitz a 7/10. Pretty darn good, especially considering that he is not in the film very much.

On an unrelated note, I love Moriarty’s brush-off and plan to use it next time I want to get rid of a college boy whom I have met only once.