The Film Chest, in conjunction with Synergy Entertainment, will be releasing a three-disc collection devoted to Sherlock Holmes on Jan. 6.
Titled Sherlock Holmes: The Archive Collection #2, this unique amalgamation of hard-to-find film material related to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Victoria-era sleuth, Sherlock Holmes (his first appearance in the 1887 crime novel, “A Study in Scarlet”).
The earliest work showcased here is director Arthur Marvin’s 1900 “Mutoscope” silent short film, Sherlock Holmes Baffled, which runs for a scant 30 seconds and features an unknown Holmes.
Next in chronological order is the 1916 silent short film, The Mystery of The Leaping Fish, which stars Douglas Fairbanks in a comedy spoof of Doyle’s detective. Other silent short films in the collection starring Ellie Norwood as Holmes include The Dying Detective (1921) and The Devil’s Foot (also 1921).
Further afield are the Our Gang silent short comedy, The Mysterious Mystery! (1924), Slick Sleuths (1926, an animated Mutt & Jeff theatrical cartoon) and the animated Felix the Cat cartoon, Sure-Locked Homes (1928).
Also include in the collection are both English and Spanish-language versions of Sherlock Holmes and The Secret Weapon, a splendid selection of original Sherlock Holmes theatrical trailers and more … much more, including rare radio performances and three classic episodes from the Sherlock Holmes television series starring Ronald Howard as the master detective.