Sir Arthur Conan Doyle at the Cinema

A Critical Study of the Film Adaptations

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About the Book

In February 1903, a 30-second film titled Sherlock Holmes Baffled was released by American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, the first known adaptation of the work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Over the years hundreds of adaptation and parodies of Conan Doyle’s works have been released. Though he is most closely associated with Sherlock Holmes, other Conan Doyle works have found their way to the silver screen, including the science fiction classic The Lost World (1925). The major adaptations of all of Conan Doyle’s literary works are fully covered here, plus a 1927 one-reel documentary in which the author talks about his work and his psychic beliefs. The focus is on how faithful the adaptations are to the author’s work and the overall effectiveness of each film.

About the Author(s)

Scott Allen Nollen was educated in film and history at the University of Iowa. He has written and edited more than 40 books on the history of film, literature and music.

Bibliographic Details

Scott Allen Nollen

Foreword by Nicholas Meyer

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 327
Bibliographic Info: photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2005 [1996]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2124-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1003-0
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “excellent…overflows with images and details…an absolute gold-mine of interesting detail and information…highly recommended…a must have reference”—The Camden House Journal
  • “exhaustively detailed”—Mystery Scene
  • “a thorough study”—Video Watchdog
  • “this scholarly and painstaking work…is the most complete and detailed treatise on the subject…critical and astute analyses…valuable tome”—The Holmes & Watson Report
  • “recommended”—The Newsletter of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London