This week’s mystery movie was the 1933 film “A Study in Scarlet,” with Reginald Owen, Anna May Wong, June Clyde, Allan Dinehart, John Warburton, Alan Mowbray, Warburton Gamble, J.M. Kerrigan, Doris Lloyd, Billy Bevan, Leila Bennett, Wyndham Standing and Halliwell Hobbes.
Screenplay by Robert Florey, continuity and dialogue by Reginald Owen, photography by Arthur Edeson, editing by Rose Loewinger, settings by Ralph DeLacy, sound by Hans Weeren, directed by Edwin L. Marin. A KBS production produced at the California Tiffany Studios, distributed by Fox.
“A Study in Scarlet” is available on DVD from TCM.
Writing in the New York Times (June 1, 1933), Mordaunt Hall said:
Murder will out — if Sherlock Holmes is around. he is now to be seen at the Mayfair in a 1933 form, probably not recognizable to those who have seen the old drawings in London’s Strand Magazine in which his adventures appeared for so many years. But the astuteness and marvelous deductive powers of the Conan Doyle character are nevertheless not dimmed in the film version of “A Study in Scarlet” ….
Mr. [Reginald] Owen gives quite an effective performance as Holmes. he is a good-looking Holmes and he speaks his lines with due reverence. Warburton Gamble is interesting as the latest Dr. Watson, and Alan Mowbray, the villain of more than one picture, fills the part of the much-handicapped Lestrade….
The atmosphere of London thoroughfares, including, of course, Baker Street, is quite well reproduced. And there are also some glimpses in a tap room that may make some sigh with regret that only 3.2 is, so far. here.
For Monday, we have a mystery woman. She does not approve of such goings-on.
Update: This is Doris Lloyd.
For Tuesday, we have a mystery chap. He is in the act of approving such goings-on.
Update: This is Cecil Reynolds.
Brain Trust roll call: Sheila (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guest), Jenny M. (Monday’s mystery guest), Howard Mandelbaum (Monday’s mystery guest) and the Starlight Studio (Monday’s mystery guest).
For Wednesday, we have a mystery woman.
Update: This is June Clyde.
Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery guest).
For Thursday, we have two mystery chaps. They are curious about such goings-on.
Update: This is Warburton Gamble and Alan Mowbray.
Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery woman).
Update: This is Reginald Owen and Anna May Wong.
Brain Trust roll call: Earl Boebert (half credit for the right fictional character), Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery gent No. 2), Anne Papineau (Thursday’s mystery gent no. 2), Mike Hawks (mystery movie, Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests), Don Danard (Thursday’s mystery chap No. 2), Sarah (Thursday’s mystery guest No. 2), Benito (Thursday’s mystery guest No. 2), Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Floyd Thursby (Thursday’s mystery guest no. 2), Sylvia E. (mystery movie and all mystery guests) and Sue Slutzky (mystery movie and all mystery guests).