Barrymore in Baker Street:
“The Great Profile” Meets “The Great Detective,”
and They Both Get Their Names Up in Lights
by Sonia Fetherston.
How come a middling motion picture from 1922 is suddenly receiving praise from movie historians? Why exactly are the experts fired up over the film’s technical side? Today’s critics give a standing ovation to John Barrymore’s almost century-old performance . . . what’s with that? The story behind Goldwyn Pictures’ silent film Sherlock Holmes turns out to be something of a blockbuster itself, a tale of courtroom wrangling, war profiteers, his-and-hers egos, state censorship, and cutting edge experimentation—both technical and artistic. Sprinkle in some Playboy money, listen for the whispers of a Hollywood gossip queen, add a pinch of Marilyn Monroe, and Sherlock Holmes emerges as a real life adventure.
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This BSJ 2012 Christmas Annual was published as part of a subscription to the 2012 Baker Street Journal.
While this issue is no longer available, you can get copies of some prior Christmas Annuals.
The Coming Attraction.
From Crew to Critics.
Sherlock Holmes, the Sequel.
Appendix [Text of inter-titles / title cards)
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