A Study in Scarlet (1933 film)

A Study in Scarlet is a 1933 American Pre-Code drama film directed by Edwin L. Marin and starring Reginald Owen as Sherlock Holmes and Anna May Wong as Mrs. Pyke. The title comes from Arthur Conan Doyle's novel of the same name, the first in the Holmes series, but the screenplay by Robert Florey was original.[1]

A Study in Scarlet
Directed byEdwin L. Marin
Produced bySamuel Bischoff
Written byRobert Florey
Arthur Conan Doyle
(novel's title)
StarringReginald Owen
Anna May Wong
CinematographyArthur Edeson
Edited byRose Loewinger
Distributed bySono Art-World Wide Pictures
Release date
  • May 14, 1933 (1933-05-14)
Running time
71 minutes
CountryUnited States

Despite her billing, Anna May Wong only appears on screen for less than ten minutes. Reginald Owen had played Dr. Watson in Sherlock Holmes the previous year;[2][3] Owen was one of only five actors to play both Holmes and Watson (Jeremy Brett played Watson on stage in the United States prior to adopting the mantle of Holmes on British television,[4] and Howard Marion-Crawford played Holmes on British radio and Watson on American television; Carleton Hobbs played both roles in British radio adaptations;[5] while Patrick Macnee played both roles in US television movies[6]).



  1. Taves, Brian (1987). Robert Florey, the French Expressionist. New Jersey: Scarecrow Press. p. 152. ISBN 0-8108-1929-5.
  2. Eyles, Allen (1986). Sherlock Holmes: A Centenary Celebration. Harper & Row. pp. 84–85. ISBN 0-06-015620-1.
  3. Bunson, Matthew (1994). Encyclopedia Sherlockiana: an A-to-Z guide to the world of the great detective. Macmillan. p. 255. ISBN 978-0-671-79826-0.
  4. Barnes, Alan (2002). Sherlock Holmes on Screen. Reynolds & Hearn. p. 39. ISBN 1-903111-04-8.
  5. Eyles, Allen (1986). Sherlock Holmes: A Centenary Celebration. Harper & Row. p. 86. ISBN 0-06-015620-1.
  6. Barnes, Alan (2011). Sherlock Holmes on Screen. Titan Books. p. 76. ISBN 9780857687760.

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