The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes (1935)
April 30, 2011
Somewhat based on the Arthur Conan Doyle story “The Valley of Fear,” The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes (1935) stars Arthur Wontner as Holmes, Ian Fleming as Watson, Minnie Rayner as Mrs. Hudson, and Lyn Harding in the role of the evil professor of mathematics Professor Moriarty. Leslie Hiscott, who also directed Fatal Hour (1931), directed this British Real Art Production available for viewing on the internet archive.
If you’re familar with the story the movie changed the ending completely as the Douglas character doesn’t die, added Lestrade and Moriarty to the cast who is killed in the climax, but still told the story of the USA coal mining scowrers an evil nasty bunch and how a Pinkerton detective helped to break them up pretty much like the story. The movie has an unusually long flashback and I found that this detracted from the film. Holmes has retired to Sussex to raise bees but is called back to help solve the case for Scotland Yard. Harding is an excellent Moriarty oozing evil out of his pours. Fleming is also excellent as a no nonsense Watson. The age is the huge drawback to this film but well worth watching to see Lyn Harding. (**1/2).