THE TRIUMPH OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (1935)
Article 1880 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 5-8-2006
Posting Date: 10-5-2006
Directed by Leslie S. Hiscott
Featuring Arthur Wontner, Lyn Harding, Leslie Perrins
Sherlock Holmes is called out of retirement after a man is murdered in a nearby estate. It turns out that the man had an association with an American secret society known as the Scowlers.
Though this doesn’t complete the list of the Wontner Holmes series, it probably will be the last one I cover; the only one left is THE MISSING REMBRANDT, and, from what I can gather at this point, it is considered lost. This one is somewhat more lively than SILVER BLAZE , and once again, it is based on a specific story (“The Valley of Fear”) with Moriarty shoehorned into the plot. I quite liked this one, because the elements that play into the solution of the mystery are quite odd; clues that lead Holmes to the solution of the mystery are an unlocked door, a candle, and a missing dumbbell. A good half of the movie is backstory about the victim’s involvement with the Scowlers, and these sections are quite exciting. At this point, I suspect that this is my favorite of the Wontner Holmes series, even if the movie doesn’t really effectively weave Moriarty into the plot.