The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1929)

71 mins | Drama | 20 October 1929

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HISTORY

The film's press book notes that some scenes were filmed on location on an ocean liner in the New York harbor. For infomation on other films featuring the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle characters, please consult the entry above for 1932 Fox Film Sherlock Holmes , which also starred Clive ... More Less

The film's press book notes that some scenes were filmed on location on an ocean liner in the New York harbor. For infomation on other films featuring the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle characters, please consult the entry above for 1932 Fox Film Sherlock Holmes , which also starred Clive Brooks. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
20 Oct 1929.
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New York Times
19 Oct 1929
p. 22.
Variety
23 Oct 1929
p. 17.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MAKEUP
Makeup and hair
Makeup and hair
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech adv to Clive Brook
SOURCES
LITERARY
Suggested by the short story "The Adventure of the Dying Detective" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in Strand (Dec 1913) and his short story "His Last Bow" in Strand (Sep 1917).
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
20 October 1929
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 18 October 1929
Production Date:
Paramount-Publix New York Studios (Astoria, Long Island)
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Famous Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
25 October 1929
Copyright Number:
LP790
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
71
Length(in feet):
7,102 , 6,378
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In England, Captain Longmore is found murdered, and police suspect that his son Roger is the killer. Roger is engaged to Mary Watson, daughter of Dr. Watson, the close associate of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. Dr. Watson, anxious to clear Roger's name, urges Holmes to leave retirement to track down the real killer. In truth, the evil Dr. Moran was hired by Holmes's nemesis, Professor Moriarity, to poison Longmore in order to keep the captain from confessing his past involvement with the professor. Holmes sneaks aboard Moran's New York-bound ocean liner, by disguising himself as am Hungarian violinist who performs sleight-of-hand tricks for the passengers. In this guise, he obtains a written confession from Moran but replaces it with a blank piece of paper. He then pretends to be a steward, which allows him to paint the bottom of Moran's shoes and trail him to the cabin in which Moriarty hides. There, he finds Roger being held captive, and when Moriarty discovers the detective, he attempts to poison Holmes with the same rigged cigarette case he used on Longmore. Although Holmes recognizes the weapon and wears a steel thumb cover to thwart it, he pretends to be dying in order to encourage Moriarty to confess his deeds. The confession is recorded by a dictaphone which leads into the captain's quarters. Before Moriarty can be arrested, however, the villain poisons himself with the cigarette case. Later, Holmes watches happily as Mary and Roger are ... +


In England, Captain Longmore is found murdered, and police suspect that his son Roger is the killer. Roger is engaged to Mary Watson, daughter of Dr. Watson, the close associate of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. Dr. Watson, anxious to clear Roger's name, urges Holmes to leave retirement to track down the real killer. In truth, the evil Dr. Moran was hired by Holmes's nemesis, Professor Moriarity, to poison Longmore in order to keep the captain from confessing his past involvement with the professor. Holmes sneaks aboard Moran's New York-bound ocean liner, by disguising himself as am Hungarian violinist who performs sleight-of-hand tricks for the passengers. In this guise, he obtains a written confession from Moran but replaces it with a blank piece of paper. He then pretends to be a steward, which allows him to paint the bottom of Moran's shoes and trail him to the cabin in which Moriarty hides. There, he finds Roger being held captive, and when Moriarty discovers the detective, he attempts to poison Holmes with the same rigged cigarette case he used on Longmore. Although Holmes recognizes the weapon and wears a steel thumb cover to thwart it, he pretends to be dying in order to encourage Moriarty to confess his deeds. The confession is recorded by a dictaphone which leads into the captain's quarters. Before Moriarty can be arrested, however, the villain poisons himself with the cigarette case. Later, Holmes watches happily as Mary and Roger are wed. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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