The Phantom Fiend AKA The Lodger (1932)



The first talking remake of the 1927 Alfred Hitchcock classic, The Lodger. Stars Ivor Novello in the role of the lodger and an early appearance by Jack Hawkins. Produced by Julius Hagen and directed by Maurice Elvey

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - The Copper Beeches (1912)



Georges Treville appeared as Sherlock Holmes in a number of short features in 1912. His series of films was the first officially authorised series of Holmes Films, produced under the supervision of Conan Doyle himself. This is the 8th and final episode it is also the only episode that survives. The series comprised the following films, all directed by Adrien Caillard and produced by Eclair.

1. Le ruban moucheté/The Speckled Band
2. Flamme d’argent/The Silver Blaze
3. The Beryl Coronet
4. The Musgrave Ritual
5. The Reigate Squires
6. The Stolen Papers
7. Le mystère de Val Boscombe/The Mystery of Boscombe Valey
8. The Copper Beeches

Ecalir also produced a feature, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in 1911, which is also lost.

Slick Sleuths (1926)



Mutt and Jeff play Sherlock Holmes style detectives on the trail of the mysterious "Phantom". Originally release in 1926, this film was hand coloured by the director in the early 1930s and re-released. Avery early example of colourisaton

The Limejuice Mystery or Who Spat in Grandfather's Porridge? (1930)




Sherlock Holmes parody made with marionettes.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle



A 1927 Fox newsreal interview with the author and spiritualist, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He speaks about his greatest literary creation, Sherlock Holmes, and his work in spiritualism.

Sherlock Holmes - The Sleeping Cardinal (1931)




This rare Sherlock Holmes film was released at the same time as the Raymond Massey picture "The Speckled Band". The story is partly based on two Conan Doyle short stories: "The Final Problem" and "The Empty House".

Sceptical about the potential success of the film, the producers sold the rights to the film to "First Division Pictures" for 800 pounds. The film was released in July 1931 under the title "Sherlock Holmes' Fatal Hour". It was very successful, running for over a month on Broadway, which was unprecidented for a British produced programmer.

Reviews hailed the film for "bringing the real Sherlock Holmes to the screen." This prompted 4 more movies in the series The Missing Rembrandt (still considered lost), The Sign of Four, The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes and The Silver Blaze/Murder at the Baskervilles.

This film was deemed lost when the only known print went missing after being shown at a Sherlock Holmes Society reception for Arthur Wontner in 1955. The version presented here is pieced together from two separate prints to create the longest and best quality version of the film. There are noticable differences between the two prints. The lesser quality print is only used to fill in minor sections that were missing or incomplete in the better quality version. It has the US title "Sherlock Holmes' Fatal Hour" on screen. The quality is still not optimal, but it is a major improvement from the versions previously available.

The Penalty (1920)



Lon Chaney plays Blizzard, a deranged psychopath scarred by the childhood operation where a young doctor mistakingly amputated both of his legs. Hellbent on revenge Blizzard becomes a master criminal. This is one of Lon Chaney's most famous non-horror roles.

This is copied from video mastered off a well worn home movie print.

The Shock (1923)



Lon Chaney plays a wheelchair bound master criminal.

The Trap (1922)





After his mine is stolen a miner becomes obseessed with plotting revenge against the man who stole his mine.

Starring: Lon Chaney