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William Gillette was famous for playing Sherlock Holmes on the stage. The film marked Gillette's screen debut. Gillette's stage director, William Postance, assisted director Arthur Berthelet in the filming. Players in Gillette's company who acted in this film include Mario Majeroni, Marjorie Kay and Edward Fielding. Gillette's play, which was based on the short stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, was filmed again in 1922 by Goldwyn Productions, with John Barrymore in the title role and Albert Parker directing (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.4987). Fox based a 1932 film on Gillette's play, with Clive Brook starring and William K. Howard directing. Another Fox film, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes , made in 1939 by Albert Werken, was also based on the play, and was the second in the long running Sherlock Holmes series which starred Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ). Many other films and television programs have been based on the stories and characters created by Doyle, but not specifically based on Gilette's ... More Less

William Gillette was famous for playing Sherlock Holmes on the stage. The film marked Gillette's screen debut. Gillette's stage director, William Postance, assisted director Arthur Berthelet in the filming. Players in Gillette's company who acted in this film include Mario Majeroni, Marjorie Kay and Edward Fielding. Gillette's play, which was based on the short stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, was filmed again in 1922 by Goldwyn Productions, with John Barrymore in the title role and Albert Parker directing (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.4987). Fox based a 1932 film on Gillette's play, with Clive Brook starring and William K. Howard directing. Another Fox film, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes , made in 1939 by Albert Werken, was also based on the play, and was the second in the long running Sherlock Holmes series which starred Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ). Many other films and television programs have been based on the stories and characters created by Doyle, but not specifically based on Gilette's play. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
Motog
10 Jun 16
p. 1340.
MPN
27 May 16
p. 3268.
MPW
13 May 16
p. 1228.
MPW
3 Jun 16
p. 29.
NYDM
1 Apr 16
p. 24.
NYDM
6 May 16
p. 33.
NYDM
20 May 16
p. 25.
Variety
19 May 16
p. 18.
Wid's
18 May 16
p. 583.
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 May 1916
Copyright Claimant:
Essanay Film Mfg. Co.
Copyright Date:
5 May 1916
Copyright Number:
LP8239
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

One of the noble families of England hires detective Sherlock Holmes to recover potentially embarrassing papers held by Alice Faulkner, whose sister was mistreated badly by one of the family members, and who has since vowed revenge. Holmes gets the papers, but then, having fallen in love with Alice, gives them back, and asserts that he will wait until she herself gives them to him. Then, with Alice in earshot, Holmes tells the head of the family that he has failed. The man berates Holmes, but Alice, having fallen in love with the detective, rushes in to present the papers to the nobleman, after which she and Holmes begin their romance in ... +


One of the noble families of England hires detective Sherlock Holmes to recover potentially embarrassing papers held by Alice Faulkner, whose sister was mistreated badly by one of the family members, and who has since vowed revenge. Holmes gets the papers, but then, having fallen in love with Alice, gives them back, and asserts that he will wait until she herself gives them to him. Then, with Alice in earshot, Holmes tells the head of the family that he has failed. The man berates Holmes, but Alice, having fallen in love with the detective, rushes in to present the papers to the nobleman, after which she and Holmes begin their romance in earnest. +

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Sub-genre:
Detective


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