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Sherlock Holmes Films

Updated on March 12, 2012

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Since his debut in the 1887 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle novel A Study in Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has become a prolific character in all forms of media, including stage shows, comics, television, video games and of course movies. In movies alone, the Guinness Book of Records credits 211 films using 75 actors to the character, a record for representation in film. Surely the most prolific representations of Sherlock Holmes was by Eille Norwood who played the character in 47 silent films between 1920 and 1923. Holmes creator said of Norwood, "His wonderful impersonation of Holmes has amazed me." Another worthy contribution was from Basil Rathbone, who portrayed the character in thirteen Sherlock Holmes movies between 1939 and 1946. Georges Tréville and Peter O'Toole were other actors to don the deer hat and pipe numerous times.

Modern audiences will be most familiar with Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal of Holmes opposite Jude Law as Watson. Downey has appeared as Holmes in 2009’s Sherlock Holmes and 2011’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, both directed by Guy Richie. Another collaboration is believed to be in the works.

This hub will feature some of the history behind Sherlock Holmes on film as well as list the spoken-English Sherlock Holmes films.

Table of Contents:

  1. Sherlock Holmes Baffled (1900)
  2. Ellie Norwood Portrayals of Sherlock Holmes
  3. Sherlock Holmes Film List
  4. Sherlock Holmes Online

Sherlock Holmes Baffled

The first appearance of Holmes in film can be traced back to the year 1900. ‘Sherlock Holmes Baffled’ was a thirty second silent, black and white film featuring the eponymous character repeatedly thwarted by a thief who keeps disappearing. The film is so old that the details of who played the thief and Holmes have been lost. The Holmes in the film has very few similarities with other incarnations of the character, and it is likely the title was only used to take advantage of the name recognition.

The film showcases groundbreaking film editing of the time, such as the stop trick. Sherlock Holmes Baffled can be seen in its entirety in this YouTube clip.

Sherlock Holmes Baffled

  • The Musgrave Ritual (1922)
  • The Six Napoleons (1922)
  • A Scandal in Bohemia (1921)
  • The Noble Bachelor (1921)
  • The Empty House (1921)
  • The Resident Patient (1921)
  • The Dying Detective (1921)
  • The Man with the Twisted Lip (1921)
  • A Case of Identity (1921)
  • The Red-Haired League (1921)
  • The Priory School (1921)
  • The Yellow Face (1921)
  • The Solitary Cyclist (1921)
  • The Beryl Coronet (1921)
  • The Copper Beeches (1921)
  • The Tiger of San Pedro (1921)
  • The Devil's Foot (1921)

Eille Norwood Portrayals of Sherlock Holmes Film List

  • The Sign of Four (1923)
  • The Engineer's Thumb (1923)
  • His Last Bow (1923)
  • The Final Problem (1923)
  • The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax (1923)
  • The Stone of Mazarin (1923)
  • The Gloria Scott (1923)
  • The Blue Carbuncle (1923)
  • The Missing Three Quarter (1923)
  • The Mystery of the Dancing Men (1923)
  • The Crooked Man (1923)
  • The Cardboard Box (1923)
  • The Speckled Band (1923)
  • The Mystery of Thor Bridge (1923)
  • Silver Blaze (1923)
  • The Three Students (1923)
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (1922)
  • The Golden Pince-Nez (1922)
  • The Reigate Squires (1922)
  • Black Peter (1922)
  • Charles Augustus Milverton (1922)
  • The Boscombe Valley Mystery (1922)
  • The Second Stain (1922)
  • The Greek Interpreter (1922)
  • The Red Circle (1922)
  • The Bruce Partington Plans (1922)
  • The Stockbroker's Clerk (1922)
  • The Norwood Builder (1922)
  • The Abbey Grange (1922)
  • The Naval Treaty (1922)

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Sherlock Holmes Through the Ages (Actor Images)

Sherlock Holmes Through the Years (Video Clips)

Sherlock Holmes 2009 Trailer

Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows Trailer

Sherlock Holmes Film List

  • Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) Sherlock Holmes actor: Robert Downey Jr.
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Shadow Watchers (2011) Sherlock Holmes actor: Anthony D.P. Mann
  • Holmesian Guide to the Internet (2011) Sherlock Holmes actor: Stanislaus Moskal
  • Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes (2010) Sherlock Holmes actor: Michael York
  • Sherlock Holmes (2010) Sherlock Holmes actor: Ben Syder
  • Sherlock Holmes (2009) Sherlock Holmes actor: Robert Downey Jr.
  • Mashup Movie (2009) Sherlock Holmes actor: Lewis Macleod
  • I Am Bob (2007) Sherlock Holmes actor: Humphrey Ker
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars (2007) (made for TV) Sherlock Holmes actor: Jonathan Pryce
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking (2004) (made for TV) Sherlock Holmes actor: Rupert Everett
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (2002) (made for TV) Sherlock Holmes actor: Richard Roxburgh
  • The Case of the Whitechapel Vampire (2002) (made for TV) Sherlock Holmes actor: Matt Frewer
  • Sherlock (2002) (made for TV) Sherlock Holmes actor: James D'Arcy / Stefan Veronca (as Young Holmes)
  • The Royal Scandal (2001) (made for TV) Sherlock Holmes actor: Matt Frewer
  • The Xango from Baker Street (2001) Sherlock Holmes actor: Joaquim de Almeida
  • The Sign of Four (2001) (made for TV) Sherlock Holmes actor: Matt Frewer
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (2000) (made for TV) Sherlock Holmes actor: Matt Frewer
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Temporal Nexus (1996) (made for TV) Sherlock Holmes actor: Patrick Macnee
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Chinese Heroine (1994) Sherlock Holmes actor: Fan Ai Li
  • The Hound of London (1993) (made for TV) Sherlock Holmes actor: Patrick Macnee
  • Sherlock Holmes Returns (1993) (made for TV) Sherlock Holmes actor: Anthony Higgins
  • The Other Side (1992) (made for TV) Sherlock Holmes actor: Richard E. Grant
  • Incident at Victoria Falls (1992) (made for TV) Sherlock Holmes actor: Christopher Lee
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady (1991) (made for TV) Sherlock Holmes actor: Christopher Lee
  • The Crucifer of Blood (1991) (made for TV) Sherlock Holmes actor: Charlton Heston
  • Sherlock Holmes en Caracas (1991) Sherlock Holmes actor: Juan Manuel Montesinos
  • Hands of a Murderer (1990) (made for TV) Sherlock Holmes actor: Edward Woodward
  • Testimony (1988) Sherlock Holmes actor: Rodney Litchfield
  • Without a Clue (1988) Sherlock Holmes actor: Michael Caine
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (1988) (made for TV) Sherlock Holmes actor: Jeremy Brett
  • The Sign of Four (1987) (made for TV) Sherlock Holmes actor: Jeremy Brett
  • The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1987) (made for TV) Sherlock Holmes actor: Michael Pennington
  • Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) Sherlock Holmes actor: Nicholas Rowe
  • The Sign of Four (1985) (made for TV) Sherlock Holmes actor: Ian Richardson
  • The Masks of Death (1984) (made for TV) Sherlock Holmes actor: Peter Cushing
  • The Case of Marcel Duchamp (1984) Sherlock Holmes actor: Guy Rolfe
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (1983) (made for TV) Sherlock Holmes actor: Ian Richardson
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of Four (1983) Sherlock Holmes actor: Peter O'Toole
  • Sherlock Holmes and a Study in Scarlet (1983) Sherlock Holmes actor: Peter O'Toole
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Baskerville Curse (1983) (made for TV) Sherlock Holmes actor: Peter O'Toole
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Valley of Fear (1983) Sherlock Holmes actor: Peter O'Toole
  • Sherlock Holmes (1982) (made for TV) Sherlock Holmes actor: Paul Guers
  • Sherlock Holmes (1981) (made for TV) Sherlock Holmes actor: Frank Langella
  • Murder by Decree (1979) Sherlock Holmes actor: Christopher Plummer
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (1978) Sherlock Holmes actor: Peter Cook
  • Silver Blaze (1977) (made for TV) Sherlock Holmes actor: Christopher Plummer
  • The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976) Sherlock Holmes actor: Nicol Williamson / Michael Blagdon (as Young Holmes)
  • Sherlock Holmes in New York (1976) (made for TV) Sherlock Holmes actor: Roger Moore
  • The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975) Sherlock Holmes actor: Douglas Wilmer
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (1972) (made for TV) Sherlock Holmes actor: Stewart Granger
  • The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) Sherlock Holmes actor: Robert Stephens
  • The Valley of Fear (1968) (made for TV) Sherlock Holmes actor: Nando Gazzolo
  • Une aventure de Sherlock Holmes (1967) (made for TV) Sherlock Holmes actor: Jacques François
  • The Double-Barrelled Detective Story (1965) Sherlock Holmes actor: Jerome Raphael
  • A Study in Terror (1965) Sherlock Holmes actor: John Neville
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959) Sherlock Holmes actor: Peter Cushing
  • Der Hund von Baskerville (1955) (made for TV) Sherlock Holmes actor: Wolf Ackva
  • The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone (1951) (made for TV) Sherlock Holmes actor: Andrew Osborn
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Man Who Disappeared (1951) (made for TV) Sherlock Holmes actor: John Longden
  • The Adventure of the Speckled Band (1949) Sherlock Holmes actor: Alan Napier
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939) Sherlock Holmes actor: Basil Rathbone
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939) Sherlock Holmes actor: Basil Rathbone
  • The Three Garridebs (1937) (made for TV) Sherlock Holmes actor: Louis Hector
  • Silver Blaze (1937) Sherlock Holmes actor: Arthur Wontner
  • The Man Who Was Sherlock Holmes (1937) Sherlock Holmes actor: Hans Albers
  • The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes (1935) Sherlock Holmes actor: Arthur Wontner
  • A Study in Scarlet (1933) Sherlock Holmes actor: Reginald Owen
  • Sherlock Holmes (1932) Sherlock Holmes actor: Clive Brook
  • The Sign of Four: Sherlock Holmes' Greatest Case (1932) Sherlock Holmes actor: Arthur Wontner
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (1932) Sherlock Holmes actor: Robert Rendel
  • The Missing Rembrandt (1932) Sherlock Holmes actor: Arthur Wontner
  • The Speckled Band (1931) Sherlock Holmes actor: Raymond Massey
  • The Sleeping Cardinal (1931) Sherlock Holmes actor: Arthur Wontner
  • Paramount on Parade (1930) Sherlock Holmes actor: Clive Brook
  • The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1929) Sherlock Holmes actor: Clive Brook
  • Sherlock Holmes (1922) Sherlock Holmes actor: John Barrymore
  • Sherlock Holmes (1916) Sherlock Holmes actor: William Gillette
  • The Valley of Fear (1916) Sherlock Holmes actor: H.A. Saintsbury
  • The Crimson Sabre (1915) Sherlock Holmes actor: Hector Dion
  • The Crogmere Ruby (1915) Sherlock Holmes actor: Hector Dion
  • A Study in Scarlet (1914) Sherlock Holmes actor: Francis Ford
  • A Study in Scarlet (1914) Sherlock Holmes actor: James Bragington
  • Sherlock Holmes Solves the Sign of the Four (1913) Sherlock Holmes actor: Harry Benham
  • The Stolen Papers (1912) Sherlock Holmes actor: Georges Tréville
  • The Reigate Squires (1912) Sherlock Holmes actor: Georges Tréville
  • The Beryl Coronet (1912) Sherlock Holmes actor: Georges Tréville
  • The Musgrave Ritual (1912) Sherlock Holmes actor: Georges Tréville
  • The Copper Beeches (1912) Sherlock Holmes actor: Georges Tréville
  • The $500 Reward (1911) Sherlock Holmes actor: Mack Sennett
  • Sherlock Holmes (1908) Sherlock Holmes actor: Viggo Larsen
  • Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1905) Sherlock Holmes actor: Maurice Costello
  • Sherlock Holmes Baffled (1900) Sherlock Holmes actor: Anonymous

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      Manfred 

      5 years ago

      Well Robert Downey Jr has been on a roll lately However "The Soloist" looks like it might break his starek of good movies. Dennis

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