OTD 1914 A Study in Scarlet released with James Bragington as Holmes. 1st Eng actor to portray Holmes.
A Study in Scarlet is a 1914 British silent drama film directed by George Pearson and starring James Bragington, making him the first English actor to portray Holmes on film. It is based on the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 1887 novel of the same name and is considered to be lost. Initial release: 28 December 1914 Director: George Pearson Adapted from: A Study in Scarlet Producers: George Pearson, G. B. Samuelson
Ward Lock & Co, original publishers of A Study in Scarlet in the November 1887 edition of Beeton’s Christmas Annual, had the comprehensive rights to the book. The company sold the film rights to G. B. Samuelson and his film company.
James Bragington was an employee of Samuelson’s company and was cast purely due to his resemblance to Sidney Paget‘s famous illustrations of Holmes. Author Alan Barnes theorizes that Bragington may have been the first actor to wear a deerstalker on screen.
The success of the film led Samuelson to make another Sherlock Holmes film two years later, The Valley of Fear.