Sherlock Holmes

Overview

John Barrymore's impressive performance in this picture is a testament to the strength of his talent, because it had a lot to overcome -- according to director Albert Parker, the famed thespian was on a bender for much of the shoot. This version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories (adapted from the play by William Gillette) was shot on location in London and Switzerland; when the crew headed back to the States to complete shooting, Parker pleaded with Barrymore to quit drinking. Surprisingly, Barrymore obliged, ...
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Overview

John Barrymore's impressive performance in this picture is a testament to the strength of his talent, because it had a lot to overcome -- according to director Albert Parker, the famed thespian was on a bender for much of the shoot. This version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories (adapted from the play by William Gillette) was shot on location in London and Switzerland; when the crew headed back to the States to complete shooting, Parker pleaded with Barrymore to quit drinking. Surprisingly, Barrymore obliged, and was sober for the rest of production. The storyline follows the play pretty closely, including Holmes' early days, in which he decided to study criminology after college graduation. Along with his faithful assistant, Dr. Watson (Roland Young), Holmes comes face to face with arch criminal Professor Moriarty (Gustav von Seyffertitz). Moriarty is causing trouble for Prince Alexis (Reginald Denny), and Holmes craftily outwits the villain. This excellent picture had only a few faults -- one was its lengthy subtitles. The other noticeable gaffe was casting Carol Dempster (who was borrowed from D.W. Griffith) to play the romantic interest, Alice Faulkner -- her performance is only passable. A young William Powell has a small supporting role.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/13/2011
  • UPC: 738329084820
  • Original Release: 1922
  • Source: Kino Video
  • Sound: silent
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 61,737

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Barrymore Sherlock Holmes
Roland Young Dr. Watson
Carol Dempster Alice Faulkner
Gustav von Seyffertitz Prof. Moriarty
Louis Wolheim Craigin
Percy Knight Sid Jones
William Powell Forman Wells
Hedda Hopper Madge Larrabee
Peggy Bayfield Rose Faulkner
Margaret Kemp Therese
Anders Randolf James Larrabee
Robert Schable Alf Bassick
Reginald Denny Prince Alexis
David Torrence Count von Stalburg
Robert Fisher Otto
Lumsden Hare Dr. Leighton
Jerry Devine Billy
John Willard Inspector Gregson
Carlyle Blackwell Sr.
Technical Credits
Albert Parker Director
Earle Brown Screenwriter
Charles Cadwallader Art Director
Marion Fairfax Screenwriter
Roy Hunt Cinematographer
Ben Model Score Composer
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