Sherlock Holmes (1922)

Melodrama, Mystery | May 1922

Director:

Albert Parker

Producer:

F. J. Godsol

Cinematographer:

J. Roy Hunt

Production Designer:

Charles L. Cadwallader

Production Company:

Goldwyn Pictures
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HISTORY

This film was released in Great Britain as Moriarty. According to reviews (and obvious upon seeing the film), some of the exteriors were shot on location in England, both in London and at Hampton Court, and in Switzerland, while interiors were completed in New York City.
       The film marked the motion picture debuts of actors Roland Young (1887-1953) and William Powell (1892-1984). Powell was billed onscreen as “William H. Powell.” John Barrymore, billed last in the credits, is identified only as “Mr. Barrymore.”
       TConsidered a lost film until the discovery of camera negatives in the 1970s, Sherlock Holmes was restored (with some scenes missing) by the George Eastman House, with funding from Hugh Hefner, and is commercially available.
       For information on other films based on the characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, please consult the entry for the 1932 Fox film Sherlock Holmes, directed by William K. Howard and starring Clive Brook and Reginald Owen (see entry).
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This film was released in Great Britain as Moriarty. According to reviews (and obvious upon seeing the film), some of the exteriors were shot on location in England, both in London and at Hampton Court, and in Switzerland, while interiors were completed in New York City.
       The film marked the motion picture debuts of actors Roland Young (1887-1953) and William Powell (1892-1984). Powell was billed onscreen as “William H. Powell.” John Barrymore, billed last in the credits, is identified only as “Mr. Barrymore.”
       TConsidered a lost film until the discovery of camera negatives in the 1970s, Sherlock Holmes was restored (with some scenes missing) by the George Eastman House, with funding from Hugh Hefner, and is commercially available.
       For information on other films based on the characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, please consult the entry for the 1932 Fox film Sherlock Holmes, directed by William K. Howard and starring Clive Brook and Reginald Owen (see entry).

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
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Film Daily
14 May 1922
p. 2
Kinematograph Weekly
1 Feb 1923
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Motion Picture News
20 May 1922
p. 2880
Moving Picture World
20 May 1922
P. 340
New York Times
8 May 1922
p. 14
Photoplay
Jul 1922
p. 52
Variety
12 May 1922
p. 33
Variety
27 Jun 1922
p. 40
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LITERARY
Based on the play Sherlock Holmes by William Gillette (New York, 6 Nov 1899) and characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Moriarty
Release Date:
May 1922
Premiere Information:
New York premiere: 1 May 1922
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Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Goldwyn Distributing Corp.
3 April 1922
LP18273
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
8,200
Length(in reels):
9
Countries:
United Kingdom, United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Sherlock Holmes, a young mooncalf at Cambridge University who spends his days making observations in his notebook, is smitten upon meeting Alice Faulkner and carries a torch for her, even though he does not see her again until much later. His friend and fellow student, Watson, asks him to help Prince Alexis clear himself of charges of a theft he did not commit. Holmes is able to do so, but not until years later, when he has established himself as a private detective on Baker Street in London, does he trap the real culprit, Professor Moriarty, and his agents in their attempts to blackmail Prince Alexis with the letters of his dead fiancé, Rose Faulkner, Alice's ...

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Sherlock Holmes, a young mooncalf at Cambridge University who spends his days making observations in his notebook, is smitten upon meeting Alice Faulkner and carries a torch for her, even though he does not see her again until much later. His friend and fellow student, Watson, asks him to help Prince Alexis clear himself of charges of a theft he did not commit. Holmes is able to do so, but not until years later, when he has established himself as a private detective on Baker Street in London, does he trap the real culprit, Professor Moriarty, and his agents in their attempts to blackmail Prince Alexis with the letters of his dead fiancé, Rose Faulkner, Alice's sister.

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