Vintage original 8 x 10″ (20 x 25 cm.) black-and-white single weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo, USA. Clive Brook, H. Reeves-Smith, Betty Lawford, Charles Hay, Phillips Holmes, Donald Crisp, dir: Basil Dean; Paramount. Right blank white margin edge a bit irregularly trimmed for publication, near fine.

The very first Sherlock Holmes film to be produced with sound, and in which the immortal line “Elementary, my dear Watson” was uttered on-screen (though it does not appear in the writings of Arthur Canon Doyle).

Made at the Paramount Kaufman Astoria Studios in New York and employing actors of the theatre, this early Holmes effort is an antique curiosity today, full of gadgets and gizmos which have little to do with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The story also updated the setting to the present day.

Clive Brook was known for his understated interpretation of the main character and he featured at right along with H. Reeves Smith as Dr. Watson and Betty Lawford as Mary Watson. Unfortunately, the sound disks to this film are presently lost. Still no. 1221-36 includes the Paramount logo and title information along the bottom blank white margin. Actor’s names written in pencil on verso.

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