The Man Who Disappeared
Written bystory:
Arthur Conan Doyle
Directed byRichard M. Grey
StarringJohn Longden
Campbell Singer
Country of originUK
Original languageEnglish
ProducerRudolph Cartier
Running time26 minutes[1]

The Man Who Disappeared (a.k.a. Sherlock Holmes: The Man Who Disappeared) is a 1951 British made-for-television mystery film directed by Richard M. Grey and starring John Longden as Sherlock Holmes and Campbell Singer as Dr. John H. Watson.[2] The movie is based on Arthur Conan Doyle's 1891 Sherlock Holmes story "The Man with the Twisted Lip".[1] It was the first British attempt to create a Sherlock Holmes television series.[2]


The initial plan was to make six, one-hour adaptations[3] but only one film was made and it was ultimately released cinematically.[3] It was filmed both on location in London and on various studio sets.[1]



The film was not well regarded upon release with one reviewer saying "This three-reeler is directed and acted in a most shoddy manor and the plot development moves at some points at the most startling speed."[4] Kinematograph described the direction as "uninspired" causing the film "to border on the burlesque."[2]


  1. ^ a b c Barnes, Alan (2011). Sherlock Holmes on Screen. Titan Books. p. 111. ISBN 9780857687760.
  2. ^ a b c Davies, David Stuart (2007). Starring Sherlock Holmes. Titan Books. pp. 73–74. ISBN 978-1845765378.
  3. ^ a b Haining, Peter (1994). The Television Sherlock Holmes. Virgin Books. p. 51. ISBN 0-86369-793-3.
  4. ^ Davies, David Stuart (1978). Holmes of the Movies. Bramhall House. p. 105. ISBN 0-517-232790.