Sherlock Holmes Reviews
Fans of Conan Doyle will appreciate seeing this early vision of the great detective.
This older, silent version of the Sherlock Holmes saga, based on a stage play, is a little on the dull side for modern tastes, but the selling point is the all-star cast. Names like Reginald Denny, John Barrymore, Roland Young, Hedda Hopper, and William Powell have become familiar Hollywood names. Even actress, Carol Dempster (who was D.W. Griffith's lover) is featured as the love interest in this film.
The movie had been long thought lost for good, but was found and has been wonderfully restored thanks to the George Eastman Company and Hugh Hefner.
A handsome young prince Alexis (Reginald Denny), studying at Cambridge is accused of stealing and risks being expelled. His college room mate, Watson (Roland Young) suggests that a friend of his, Sherlock Holmes (John Barrymore) might be of assistance.
Holmes quickly discovers that Foreman Wells (William Powell) had a hand in the theft, although there are other sinister forces, hiding in the shadows, including Professor Moriarty (Gustav Von Seyffertitz) pulling the strings. Wells, takes Holmes to Moriarty's hide-out for a big meet-and-greet.
Prince Alexis is engaged to beautiful Rose Faulkner (Peggy Bayfield), but when his brother is killed in an auto accident, he becomes the King apparent forcing him to call off the wedding with a commoner. Poor Rose commits suicide. Her Sister, Alice (Carol Dempster) had met Holmes earlier in the film and he can't seem to get the girl out of his head.
Many years later, Prince Alexis is being blackmailed with Rose Faulkner's love letters. Alice wants him to pay for his callousness. Naturally, Moriarty has a hand in this as well. Holmes must intervene in this, if only to see Alice again. Foreman Wells is back and becomes the inside man, playing the butler (an interesting scene when you think of his "My Man Godfrey" movie that he does later).