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  Edward Fielding (center) and William Gillette.
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Sherlock Holmes
(1916) American
B&W : Seven reels
Directed by Arthur Berthelet

Cast: William Gillette [Sherlock Holmes], Majorie Kay [Alice Faulkner], Ernest Maupain [Professor Moriarty], Edward Fielding [Doctor Watson], Stewart Robbins [Benjamin Forman], Hugh Thompson [Sir Edward Leighton], Ludwig Kreiss [Baron von Stalburg], Mario Majeroni [James Larrabee], William Postance [Sidney Prince], Chester Beery [Craigin], Frank Hamilton [Tim Leary], Fred Malatesta [‘Lightfoot’ McTague], Grace Reals [Madge Larrabee], Miss Ball [Therese], Burford Hampden [Billy], Marion Skinner [a suffragette]

Essanay Film Manufacturing Company production; distributed by V-L-S-E, Incorporated. / Scenario by H.S. Sheldon, from the play adaptation Sherlock Holmes by William Gillette of the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Set design by Arthur Berthelet. Assistant director, William Postance. / © 5 May 1916 by Essanay Film Manufacturing Company [LP8239]. Released 15 May 1916. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. / The production was shot at Essanay’s studios in Chicago, Illinois. Gillette’s film debut. The film was restored in 2014.


Synopsis: Synopsis available in AFI-F1 n. F1.3977.

Survival status: Print exists in the Cinémathèque Française film archive [35mm nitrate duplicate negative (French language intertitles)].

Current rights holder: Public domain.

Keywords: Authors: Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) - Characters: Sherlock Holmes - Law: Enforcement: Police: Detectives

Listing updated: 26 January 2015.

References: AFI-F1 n. F1.3977; Everson-American p. 115; Everson-Detective p. 8; Pohle-Holmes p. 27; Slide-Early p. 24; Steinbrunner-Encyclopedia p. 209; Tarbox-Lost p. 257 : Website-AFI.

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