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Sherlock Holmes (1916)

Not Rated | | Mystery | 15 May 1916 (USA)
When a couple of swindlers hold young Alice Faulkner against her will in order to discover the whereabouts of letters which could spell scandal for the royal family, Sherlock Holmes is on the case.


Arthur Berthelet


H.S. Sheldon (scenario), William Gillette (play) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
William Gillette ... Sherlock Holmes
Marjorie Kay Marjorie Kay ... Alice Faulkner
Ernest Maupain ... Professor Moriarty
Edward Fielding ... Dr. Watson
Mario Majeroni Mario Majeroni ... James Larrabee
Grace Reals ... Madge Larrabee
William Postance ... Sidney Prince
Stewart Robbins ... Benjamin Forman
Burford Hampden ... Billy
Chester Beery Chester Beery ... Craigin
Frank Hamilton Frank Hamilton ... Tim Leary
Fred Malatesta ... 'Lightfoot' McTague
Leona Ball Leona Ball ... Thérèse
Hugh Thompson ... Sir Edward Leighton
Ludwig Kreiss Ludwig Kreiss ... Baron von Stalburg


When a couple of swindlers hold young Alice Faulkner against her will in order to discover the whereabouts of letters which could spell scandal for the royal family, Sherlock Holmes is on the case.

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FIRST TIME IN PHOTO FORM OF THIS CELEBRATED PLAY AND STORY (Print ad- Washington Herald, ((Washington D.C.)) 25 June 1916)




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William Gillette was the first actor to be universally acclaimed for portraying Sherlock Holmes, having written and staged the first authorized play in 1899. This film is the only preserved record of him doing Sherlock Holmes. See more »


The sign outside Dr. (John) Watson's office reads G. WATSON, M.D. Either nobody noticed the art director's mistake or, more likely, they didn't want to go to the time and expense of making a new sign. See more »


Sherlock Holmes: This, my friend, is the layout of the house where two swindlers are holding a young woman against her will.
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Remade as Standing Room Only: Sherlock Holmes (1981) See more »

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Sherlock Holmes lives once more!
13 August 2017 | by johnwaynepeelSee all my reviews

OMG, do I love this classic movie.

At long last, the great William Gillette is more than a footnote and a photo, but the man who MADE Sherlock Holmes alive for so many before us! The curved Meerschaum pipe is at last remembered for what it was... A stage relived item so as not to maim the voice of the REAL Sherlock Holmes. And the famous Sherlock robe we have seen in Sidney Paget illustrations in the Canon that was created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in his 56 treasures.

For over 1400 performances on stage, this Connecticut Yankee brought the British detective as actor William Gillette... not to mention, the radio play he once did, and many actors had wonderful careers bringing Sherlock onto the stage for at least 100 years.

It's hard to conceive after watching this recording of historic magnitude, that Gillette got boos from London audiences but Gillette stood through this before speaking to them. This amazing moment was brought to the British public by an English reviewer who said that this same British public owed Gillette an apology, and he said it all n his review. Imagine! A Brit praised this Connecticut Yankee this way. Good for him.

The DVD brings to marvelous excellence William Gillette's astounding performance. I had expected the usual almost cartoonish physicality, but I was so wrong. Gillette makes me understand why he was as revered actor and performer. One reviewer brought up that he was almost doing the later performance of Jeremy Brett, and having seen it now, I cannot disagree.

The astonishing work of this movie has marveled me into a luxurious gift into the long past that never ages. I feel blessed to having seen this incredible actor's most celebrated performance to know that the true Sherlock Holmes is alive forever!

To the guide of Gillette Castle in Connecticut gave me terribly wrong information that THE William Gillette never performed this movie even with an enlarged photo of the man in this performance I now own with all of my Sherlock performances on video, and for that I feel I am blessed forever.

Please watch this fabulous film and see for yourselves all that I have said is true. Basil, Arthur Wontner, Eille Norwood and Jeremy Brett owe everything to William Gillette as well as they and the Conan Doyle Canon.

It's all here on this gift to all of you Sherlock Holmes fans.

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Release Date:

15 May 1916 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Шерлок Холмс See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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