Wednesday, July 24, 2013

John Barrymore as Sherlock Holmes -- July 24, 2013

In 1922, John Barrymore starred in an adaption of William Gillette's play Sherlock Holmes.  Roland Young, who later played Cosmo Topper, was Doctor Watson. Holmes' love interest, Alice Faulkner, was played by Carol Dempster, an actress who had only appeared in movies directed by her patron, DW Griffith. Gustav von Seyffertitz was good as Professor Moriarity.

The film was thought to be lost for many years.  Dedicated restorers put it back together from thousands of separate shots, often in multiple takes, that had been cut up and put together out of order, probably for tinting. I have seen it, but I must admit that I found it slow.

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