Sherlock Holmes (Found Silent Film; 1916)

Sherlock Holmes (1916)
Poster for the film.
Poster for the film.
Status Found
Date found October 1, 2014
Found by Cinémathèque Française

Sherlock Holmes is an early silent adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes books starring William Gillette.[1] The film was shot in Chicago in 1916 and released by Essanay Studios, known for producing the famous Charlie Chaplin shorts.

The film particularly takes inspiration from the stories "A Scandal in Bohemia", "The Final Problem" and "The Copper Beeches", as well as the novel A Study in Scarlet. It is widely believed to be the only filmed record of Gillette's portrayal of Holmes.

The film was thought lost until, 98 years later (in 2014) it was rediscovered in the Cinematheque Francaise archives [2], with plans made to restore it and screen it in Britain on January 2015, then in the USA on May 2015.


  1. Wikipedia article. Retrieved 26 Mar '16.
  2. CBS News article about its rediscovery. Retrieved 26 Mar '16.



Anonymous user #1

5 months ago
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This was found on my birthday

Anonymous user #2

2 months ago
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Talk about a lucky find. You have to imagine the surprise on the person who found its face when they discovered how rare the film was.
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