I attended Bouchercon in Raleigh this past week (the largest mystery author conference in the country) and learned many things . . . one I wanted to share is that a long-lost silent film, Sherlock Holmes (1916) had been discovered in France in 2014, recently restored, and is being screened for all to see on October 18 on the Turner Classic channel. This is a movie that stars William Gillette and was adapted from his stage production that toured the country in the late years of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries–supposedly he performed this play 1300 times! The story is a combination of 3 of Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories, and it is rather long. Gillette is considered responsible for much of the appearance we associate with Holmes, notably the deerstalker hat.
So if you are a silent movie fan, you’ll want to pop some corn and sit back in a comfy chair and enjoy this visit to the past with me on Sunday, Oct. 18!