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This is a featured article. Click here for more information. A frame of the black-and-white film. Sherlock Holmes enters his parlour and taps the shoulder of a burglar who is collecting Holmes’ tablewares into a sack. Holmes is wearing a dressing gown and smoking a cigar, the thief is dressed in black.
Holmes first encounters the intruder. In the film, a thief who can appear and disappear at will steals a sack of items from Sherlock Holmes. At each point, Holmes’s attempts to thwart the intruder end in failure. Although produced in 1900, it was only registered in 1903, and a copyright notice stating this is seen on some prints. The identities of the actors playing the first screen Holmes and his assailant are not recorded. Sherlock Holmes enters his drawing room to find it being burgled, but on confronting the villain is surprised when the latter disappears.
After Holmes recovers his property, the bag vanishes from his hand into that of the thief, who promptly disappears through a window. At this point the movie ends abruptly with Holmes looking “baffled”. An 1899 advertisement for the mutoscope reading “The Mutoscope and how it makes money” in large stylised letters with “for pennies, a moving picture machine, popular in all public places” in smaller lettering around a central picture. In the image, a lady wearing a long early 20th century dress and hat peers down the mutoscope viewfinder. Mutoscope did not project on a screen, and provided viewing to only one person at a time. The cards were lit by electric light bulbs inside the machine, a system devised by Arthur Marvin’s brother, Henry, one of the founders of the Biograph company. Earlier machines had relied on reflected natural light.
The identities of the first screen Holmes and his assailant are not recorded. February 24, 1903, and this is the date seen on the film’s copyright title card. Paper Print archive by Michael Pointer, a historian of Sherlock Holmes films. Because motion pictures were not covered by copyright laws until 1912, paper prints were submitted by studios wishing to register their works. These were made using light-sensitive paper of the same width and length as the film itself, and developed as though a still photograph. Both the Edison Company and the Biograph Company submitted entire motion pictures as paper prints, and it is in this form that most of them survive.
Holmes is left “baffled” by a burglar, in contrast with the detective prowess displayed by his literary namesake. Gillette’s stage portrayal of Holmes. 1968 stated “it is an early trick film clearly made for viewing on a mutoscope or peepshow machine. Although a tiny, trivial piece, it is historic as being the earliest known use of Sherlock Holmes in moving pictures. By extension of being the first Sherlock Holmes story, the inclusion of the character also makes it the first known example of a detective film. Minneapolis: Friends of the Sherlock Holmes Collections, University of Minnesota Libraries.
The Sherlock Holmes Society of London. Unaltered to Date: Developing 35mm Film”. Berkeley: University of California Press. Berkeley: Beginnings of the American Film, University of California Press. Toluca Lake, California: Society of Camera Operators. Secaucus, New Jersey: Citadel Press. Crime in Film and on TV”.