The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes

The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes is a 1935 British mystery film directed by Leslie S. Hiscott and starring Arthur Wontner. It was based on The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle.[1]

The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes
Directed byLeslie S. Hiscott
Produced byJulius Hagen (producer)
Written byH. Fowler Mear
Cyril Twyford
Based onThe Valley of Fear
by Arthur Conan Doyle
Music byW.L. Trytel
CinematographyWilliam Luff
Edited byJack Harris
Ralph Kemplen
Release date
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson come out of retirement to investigate a mysterious murder. They find that an American criminal organisation called The Scowrers has asked evil mastermind Professor Moriarty to wreak vengeance on John Douglas, the informant who sent them to prison. Holmes outsmarts Moriarty, solves the murder and brings Moriarty to justice.

Like all the films featuring Wontner as Holmes, this one has a contemporary (e.g. 1930's) setting, making the flashback sequence pitting undercover detective Douglas against the Scowrers somewhat problematical since, historically, the real-life incident on which this sequence is based, Pinkerton operative James McParland's infiltration of the Molly Maguires, occurred in the 1870s, a full half-century earlier.


Critical reception

The New York Times wrote, "a mellow, evenly paced British film that renders to Holmes what Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would have rendered to him: Interest, respect and affection...Mr. Wontner decorates a calabash pipe with commendable skill, contributing a splendid portrait of fiction's first detective. Lyn Harding is capital as Moriarty and Roy Emerton, Leslie Perrins, Ian Fleming and Michael Shepley perform competently."[2]


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