Sherlock Holmes made his (legal) feature film debut in 1916. William Gillette, who wrote and starred in the popular stage Sherlock, reprises his legendary role here.
The first screen appearance of Sherlock Holmes… or is it? This tiny film was meant to be played in a Mutoscope peepshow and it features the supposed Mr. Holmes being baffled by a burglar of ambiguous gender.
It was the worst of films, it was the best of films. This Sherlock Holmes adaptation is easily one of the worst-acted silent movies I have ever seen but it is also absolutely hilarious.
At the end of my Silent Sherlock Holmes theme month, I asked readers to vote on which Holmes performers were the best of the silent era. The results are in and I will be announcing the winners.
Now that we have concluded the Silent Sherlock Holmes theme month, it’s time to vote for our favorites. Join me in choosing the best Sherlock Holmes elements of the silent era.
The long-lost screen appearance of the original stage Sherlock Holmes, this 1916 film re-emerged in France after being thought lost for nearly a century. Will William Gillette’s take on Sherlock Holmes live up to its reputation? We’re about to find out!
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Sherlock Holmes wasn’t the first fictional detective but he remains the most famous and most beloved. His adventures have been serialized, televised, reimagined and reworked into every genre imaginable but we’re going back to the very beginning of Sherlock Holmes on the screen.
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]
If it were a dessert it would be:
Tapioca Parfaits. Looks good but it’s a bit on the dull side.
To 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.
Professor Moriarty is up to his usual wicked tactics. This looks like a job for Sherlock Holmes! You know, that well-known college student. Wait, what? John Barrymore takes an unorthodox, romantic approach toward the famous sleuth in this long-lost silent film.
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