Sherlock Holmes (1932 film)

Sherlock Holmes (a.k.a. Conan Doyle's Master Detective Sherlock Holmes[1][2]) is a 1932 American Pre-Code film starring Clive Brook as the eponymous London detective.[1] The movie is based on the successful stage play Sherlock Holmes by William Gillette, in turn based on the stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, and is directed by William K. Howard for the Fox Film Corporation. Brook had played Holmes previously in The Return of Sherlock Holmes and the "Murder Will Out" segment of Paramount on Parade.[3]

Sherlock Holmes
Directed byWilliam K. Howard
Produced byWilliam K. Howard
Written byBertram Millhauser
Based onSherlock Holmes
by William Gillette
StarringClive Brook
Reginald Owen
Miriam Jordan
Ernest Torrence
Music byHugo Friedhofer (uncredited)
CinematographyGeorge Barnes
Fox Film Corporation
Distributed byFox Film Corporation
Release date
  • November 6, 1932 (1932-11-06)
Running time
68 min.
CountryUnited States

Reginald Owen plays Dr. Watson, and Ernest Torrence is Holmes's arch-rival, Professor Moriarty. Reginald Owen played Sherlock Holmes the following year in A Study in Scarlet.[2] Owen is the first of only four actors to play both Holmes and Watson — Jeremy Brett played Watson on stage in the United States and, most famously, Holmes on British television,[4] Carleton Hobbs played both roles in British radio adaptations,[5] while Patrick Macnee played both roles in US television movies.[6]




  1. Alan Barnes (2002). Sherlock Holmes on Screen. Reynolds & Hearn Ltd. pp. 36–39. ISBN 1-903111-04-8.
  2. Bunson, Matthew (1994). Encyclopedia Sherlockiana: an A-to-Z guide to the world of the great detective. Macmillan. p. 232. ISBN 978-0-671-79826-0.
  3. Bunson, Matthew (1994). Encyclopedia Sherlockiana: an A-to-Z guide to the world of the great detective. Macmillan. p. 37. 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. 224. ISBN 9780857687760.

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