Sherlock Holmes’ A Study in Scarlet (1933)

     Reginald Owen stars as Sherlock Holmes in one of the early American talking motion picture adaptations of Sherlock Holmes.  A Study in Scarlet (1933) sees Holmes trying to solve murders among a group of confederates.  Arthur Wontner starred in several successful English adaptations of the series, which probably inspired Hollywood to follow suit.


Opening Credits from A Study in Scarlet (1933)

     Unfortunately, Reginald Owen did not capture the essence of the Sherlock Holmes character.  Neither possessing Holmes’ lean build nor his urbane manners, Owen is the weakest of the early film adaptations of the character.

     Owen studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Acting in England before immigrating to the United States in 1920.  A stage career on Broadway was followed by a long career in film and television.  Owen is one of the few actors who played both Sherlock Holmes and John Watson on film.

     This film runs 71 minutes and is in the public domain.  It can be watched on Hulu’s free side or YouTube.  If you would like to leave a comment or question, you can do so on my Facebook page or Twitter profile.

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