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A Study in Scarlet (1933)





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Sherlock Holmes and Watson solve a puzzling case in which a bloody foreign word is found beside a murder victim. The plot has little to do with author Doyle's original story of the same name.

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Reginald Owen
as Sherlock Holmes
Anna May Wong
as Mrs. Pyke
June Clyde
as Eileen Forrester
Alan Dinehart
as Thaddeus Merrydew
John Warburton
as John Stanford
Warburton Gamble
as Dr. John H. Watson
J.M. Kerrigan
as Jabez Wilson
Alan Mowbray
as Inspector Lestrade
Doris Lloyd
as Mrs. Murphy
Billy Bevan
as Will Swallow
Leila Bennett
as Daft Dolly
Wyndham Standing
as Capt. Pyke
Halliwell Hobbes
as Malcolm Dearing
Tempe Piggott
as Mrs. Hudson
Dr. Cecil Reynolds
as William Baker
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Critic Reviews for A Study in Scarlet

All Critics (2)

The danger to several of the characters due to the plotting of the villain and his associates holds the audience in suspense throughout, particularly because it is not until the very end that the identity of the murderer is made known.

July 8, 2020 | Full Review…

Enhanced by the presence of Anna May Wong.

June 6, 2008 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Study in Scarlet

Owen plays Holmes as more of a puzzle solver and planner who is able to outwit any criminal mastermind he comes across. He is still shown as a master of disguise, but never appears in the iconic Sherlock Holmes garb. Gamble is the more traditional older Dr. Watson who is quite clueless in assisting Holmes. I've read this story has nothing to do with Doyle's novel, A Study in Scarlet. Instead it seems to have a bit more in common with Christie's Ten Little Indians/And Then There Were None. There is a sinister secret society, and a sinister lawyer, and Anna May Wong as a sinister mistress/wife, but the audience is only shown shadows as to who the murderer is in this one. This American movie is of the intellectual puzzler style.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

"a study in scarlet" is the early stage of sherlock homles in the 30s before basil rathbone's involvement in the 40s, even rathbone remains the best sherlock homles so far, but it's still a referential value to see reginald owen's interpretation as the legendary british detective. and the participation of youthful anna may wong in her prime beauty is another accessory relish. reginald owen's homles is a bit too proper and diginified without the enigma of basil rathbone. homles is entrusted to recover the lost jewlries from a group of owners who die one after another, and this is very similiar with the 1945 "house of horror" which is another sherlock homles flick with basil rathbone. and it is in the typical detective plots of hide and seek, the course of pursuit and deduction. anna may wong plays the mythical chinese widow of one dead member who turns out to utilize his faux demise to schemefully possess the lost jewlry and his insidious chinese wife is his accmoplice, then the two engage to murder one woman who hinders their treasure-thievery but remedied by sherlock homles in time then the crooked get arrested so the justice shall be served. of course, anna may wong is still showcasing her negative oriental image as the female villainy with conspicuous vehem while homles interrogates her and mistrusts her right away dismissively just becuz her oriental enthicity is amoral and not to be trusted. and wong does emit her contempt thru her icy-cold gaze of insouciance which glitters a sort of smoldering sensuality. and wong's wardrobe is also worthy of praises as well, her trademarked pastiche of orient and occiednt in fashion. briefly, anna may wong appears here more like a signfying token of western orientalism, a flat character without dimensions excapt serving her stereotyped image with aloof poise of her own as if her grudge of minority is simmering out as a repressed individulity. and that's the "it" wong could express while limited by racial segregation then. at least she makes it the second credit in "a study in scarlet"

Veronique Kwak
Veronique Kwak

Super Reviewer

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