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January 13, 2017
John Barrymore as Sherlock Holmes and William Powell as a villan of sorts. Tough to go wrong. This is one of the earliest surviving films from Powell's filmography. The play that served as the basis for this film was previously used for a 1916 silent French Sherlock Holmes film and was used for Rathbone and Bruce's The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes (1939). It also served as the basis for a re-written version of the play that was retouched by Rathbone's wife for Rathbone in 1951. That version of the play bombed. On Blu-Ray.
½ November 17, 2016
A great film in it's day, now it seems a bit uninspired. Sherlock meets and interacts with Moriarty - which gives his life a purpose, to defeat Moriarty and see justice served.

Fans of Conan Doyle will appreciate seeing this early vision of the great detective.
November 7, 2015
Holmes barely uses his intuition to solve anything, and there's no real mystery; it's more of a melodrama -- and a dull letdown.
½ December 31, 2014
As much as I like Sherlock Holmes I can say with one need audio sound to it to give it a better rating
½ April 1, 2014
Sherlock Holmes (1922)

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).
November 13, 2012
Caught this on TCM the other night, wasn't really impressed. Barrymore was alright I suppose, but this was awfully paced and poorly edited and confusing, and made me drift off. Not the best Holmes out there by a landslide.
November 11, 2012
barrymore is the fuel that makes this holmes go
May 18, 2011
An okay movie, definitely my least favourite of John's so far though. His performance was good but I think prefer him in more animated roles.
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