“It is only the obvious that escapes attention.”
Sherlock Holmes (Clive Brook) finds his wedding to a society girl (Miriam Jordan) postponed when his arch-enemy Moriarty (Ernest Torrence) escapes from jail and begins killing those who sentenced him to death.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Clive Brook Films
- Detectives and Private Eyes
- Play Adaptation
- Sherlock Holmes Films
Loosely based on William Gillette’s stage play, this cinematic interpretation of literature’s most famous sleuth is an amiable entry in the estimable “genre” of Sherlock Holmes flicks. While Clive Brook (a dull actor, IMHO) isn’t particularly noteworthy in the title role, Ernest Torrence is appropriately menacing as his arch-enemy Moriarty (we genuinely fear for Holmes’s life), and the storyline itself remains quite compelling. At just 68 minutes, the film moves along at a fast clip, aided by clever editing, atmospheric cinematography, and a dark sense of humor. Worth a look.
Note: This may be the only film showing Holmes dressed in drag (looking much like Lionel Barrymore in The Devil Doll).
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- A clever opening sequence
- Creative direction, editing, and cinematography
- Ernest Torrence as Moriarty
No, though it’s certainly worth a look if you run across it.