The earliest (known) film featuring a character by the name Sherlock Holmes has little to do with the Arthur Conan Doyle's character and everything to do with the brand of trick photography that Georges Méliès pioneered in the early days of cinema. This Sherlock, identified as such by his drawing room robe and pipe, is genuinely baffled when a thief breaks into his home and miraculously disappears and reappears while the detective attempts to capture the intruder. The lively little escapade, produced by American Mutoscope and Biograph, crams a lot of spirited action in a single set-up in less than a minute. - Sean Axmaker [Print courtesy of the Library of Congress.]
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