The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBasil Dean
Written byArthur Conan Doyle
Basil Dean
Garrett Fort
Produced byBasil Dean
StarringClive Brook
H. Reeves-Smith
Betty Lawford
Charles Hay
Phillips Holmes
CinematographyWilliam O. Steiner
Edited byHelene Turner
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • October 29, 1929 (1929-10-29)
Running time
71 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Return of Sherlock Holmes is a 1929 American Pre-Code mystery film directed by Basil Dean and written by Arthur Conan Doyle, Basil Dean and Garrett Fort. The film shares its title with the third volume of the Sherlock Holmes stories, The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle. The film stars Clive Brook, H. Reeves-Smith, Betty Lawford, Charles Hay and Phillips Holmes. The film was released October 29, 1929, by Paramount Pictures. A copy is held at the Library of Congress.[1]


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Shot at the Astoria Studios in New York, The Return of Sherlock Holmes was the first sound film to feature Sherlock Holmes.[2][3] A silent version of the film was also produced to accommodate theaters which did not feature sound.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at the Library of Congress, by The American Film Institute, c.1978
  2. ^ a b Bunson, Matthew (1997). Encyclopedia Sherlockiana. Simon & Schuster. p. 213. ISBN 0-02-861679-0.
  3. ^ Conan Doyle, Sir Arthur; Baring-Gould, William S. (1979). The Annotated Sherlock Holmes. Clarkson N. Potter, Inc. p. 30. ISBN 0517502917.