The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes (May 24, 1935)
Released on May 24, 1935: Sherlock Holmes wants to retire to his country estate, but Professor Moriarty challenges him one more time, and Holmes once more amazes Inspector Lestrade, Dr. Watson, and us.
Directed by Leslie S. Hiscott
Written by Arthur Conan Doyle, H. Fowler Mear and Cyril Twyford.
The Actors: Arthur Wontner (Sherlock Holmes), Lyn Harding (Professor Moriarty), Leslie Perrins (John Douglas), Jane Carr (Ettie Douglas), Ian Fleming (Doctor John H. Watson), Charles Mortimer (Inspector Lestrade), Minnie Rayner (Mrs. Hudson), Michael Shepley (Cecil Barker), Ben Welden (Ted Balding), Roy Emerton (Boss McGinty), Conway Dixon (Ames), Wilfrid Caithness (Colonel Sebastian Moran), Edmund D'Alby (Captain Marvin), Ernest Lynds (Jacob Shafter).
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Either I am getting old, or Arther Conan Doyle can really twist a story . . . . Oh, all right, both may be correct. But I've seen enough murder mysteries that I can usually tell very quickly who the bad guys are and how it will all wash out in the end. But this time I was totally flabbergasted at the masterful ending. I was dead wrong in my assumptions, and along with Watson and Inspector Lestrade, totally surprised by the ending. And I've just gotta tell ya, this movie made me an Arthur Wontner fan - he plays Sherlock Holmes masterfully. Spencer Tracy once gave some sage advice to a young actor (Burt Reynolds) whose passion was to be a great actor like Spencer Tracy. He told the young actor, "Never let anyone catch you at it," meaning that when you are acting a part, the audience should believe that you are the character, not an actor pretending to be the character. Arthur Wontner uses some looks and comments and gestures in this movie that display what must be his true personality - he is being himself as he plays the part. Genius acting that only the best can achieve.
Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn and drizzle plenty of warm melted butter on it and see if you can predict the ending before it happens . . . . I'm betting that you cannot!
Arthur Wontner and Ian Fleming
Arthur Wontner and Jane Carr
Arthur Wontner as Sherlock Holmes
Ben Welden and Lyn Harding
Charles Mortimer and Conway Dixon
Charles Mortimer, Ian Fleming and Michael Shepley
Edmund D'Alby, Roy Emerton and Leslie Perrins
Edmund D'Alby and Roy Emerton
Ian Fleming in 1935
Ean Fleming and Arthur Wontmer
Ian Fleming discussing the mystery with Arthur Wontner
Jane Carr and Arthur Wontner
Jane Carr and Ben Welden
Jane Carr at her dressing table mirror
Lyn Harding visits Sherlock Holmes
Michael Shepley and Arthur Wontner
Roy Emerton and Leslie Perrins
Arthur Wontner and Ian Fleming
Wilfrid Caithness and Ben Welden