Sherlock Holmes (1916)

Sherlock Holmes is a 1916 American silent film starring William Gillette as Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. The film, which was directed by Arthur Berthelet, was produced by Essanay Studios in Chicago. It was adapted from the 1899 stage play of the same name, which was based on the stories, “A Scandal in Bohemia,” “The Final Problem,” and A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle.

All surviving prints of the 1916 film Sherlock Holmes were once thought to be lost. However, on October 1, 2014, it was announced that a copy had been discovered in a film archive in France.


Directed by Arthur Berthelet
William Postance (assistant director)
Written by Arthur Conan Doyle (characters)
William Gillette (play)
H. S. Sheldon (scenario)
Starring William Gillette
Edward Fielding
Ernest Maupain
Distributed by Essanay Studios
Release date
  • May 15, 1916
Running time
116 mins (7 reels)
Country United States
Language Silent film
English intertitles

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