''Sherlock Holmes, A Play, wherein is set forth The Strange Case of Miss Alice Faulkner'' was the popular dramatization of Creator/ArthurConanDoyle's Franchise/SherlockHolmes stories, by William Gillette, the Holmes for the generation before Basil Rathbone.

The Miss Faulkner whose strange case is the story of this play was the sister of an unnamed girl whose heart was broken by a disastrous liaison with an unnamed foreign gentleman. The affair ruined that girl's brief life, and Alice has the evidence to prove it. She was taken in by a couple of confidence artists named James and Madge Larrabee (calling themselves Chetwood for the purposes of the scheme), who bought an OldDarkHouse in London to keep her and her poor old mother in and a desk safe to lock the documents in. But they couldn't twist the documents out of her before Sherlock Holmes got on the case.

With the timely cooperation of Forman, the butler, Holmes rescues Miss Faulkner and the package from the house, but yields the package to her on account of her possessive attachment to them. Larrabee's old friend, the Cockney crook Sid Prince, places him in contact with Professor Moriarty, king of all criminal enterprise, who agrees to arrange Holmes's downfall for no fee at all. Holmes, knowing that Larrabee intends to trade him a counterfeit version of the package, hatches a plan of his own, risking his life to obtain the counterfeit package and swindle Alice into willingly giving him the genuine one. It's a dirty trick to play on such a nice girl, he knows.

The play was hugely successful. It debuted in 1899 and ran for over thirty years, with Gillette giving his final Holmes performance in 1932. This play is responsible for several Holmes tropes that are not found in Conan Doyle. The deerstalker cap, the pipe, the use of "elementary", and the name "Billy" for the previously nameless pageboy, all originated in Gillette's play. In 1916 Gillette starred in a silent film version of the play that has since been lost.

In 1922 the play was again adapted into a film titled ''Sherlock Holmes'', this time starring John Barrymore, and this version survives. The movie is probably most notable for its remarkable cast. Roland Young, who made his film debut as [[TheWatson Watson]], would have a very successful career as a character actor in films like ''Film/{{Topper}}'' and ''Film/ThePhiladelphiaStory''. None other than [[Film/TheThinMan William]] [[Film/TheGreatZiegfeld Powell]], who became a huge star in TheThirties, also made his film debut here as Forman Wells, a minion of Moriarty who switches sides and works for Holmes. Hedda Hopper, who would later leave acting to become a very famous newspaper gossip columnist, plays one of Moriarty's employees. Louis Wolheim, who became a pretty big star later in the silent era, plays a {{Mook}}. And Carol Dempster, who spent most of TheTwenties as the girlfriend, protege, and leading lady of [[Creator/DWGriffith D.W. Griffith]], appears in the film as the LoveInterest, in one of only two films she ever made that weren't directed by Griffith.
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!!Tropes appearing:
* BakerStreetRegular: Billy, the page boy.
* BatmanGambit: Holmes risks his life to negotiate the purchase of a MacGuffin from the villains, not letting Alice know he knows it's a fake in order to manipulate her into surrendering the real MacGuffin to the Count and Sir Edward, who congratulate Holmes for pulling off this ingenious scheme.
* CanonForeigner: Alice Faulkner
* CanonImmigrant: Billy
* DeathTrap: The GasChamber at Stepney, personally inspected by Moriarty. Holmes finds it easily escapable.
* DiabolicalMastermind: Professor Moriarty.
* DistressedDamsel: Alice Faulkner.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Moriarty is flabbergasted when he finds out that Holmes gave the incrimnating letters back to Alice. (In the play he doesn't. In the film Holmes has an attack of conscience and lets Alice have the letters back, but in the end they fall in love and she abandons her revenge plot anyway.)
* GentlemanSnarker: Holmes really outdoes himself in this regard.
* ItWorksBetterWithBullets: While Moriarty's back is turned, Holmes unloads his revolver so he won't have to worry if Moriarty should suddenly try to use it on him, which he does. HilarityEnsues.
* {{MacGuffin}}: A packet containing letters, photographs, jewelry etc. that were sent to Alice Faulkner's late sister by a foreign gentleman who seduced and ruined her, and the villains want it out of the picture now that he wants to marry. The name of the gentleman is merely whispered inaudibly, and the sister's name is not revealed either.
* NamedByTheAdaptation: Conan Doyle's anonymous pageboy becomes "Billy".
* SherlockScan: Performed by Holmes on Watson, as usual, and before that on "Mr Chetwood."
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!!Tropes particular to the 1922 film adaptation:

* AdaptationExpansion: Almost the whole first half of the film is set in Holmes's and Watson's youth, before the play.
* AnimalMotif: Moriarty is associated with a spider spinning a web. In his first scene the film actually shows an image of Moriarty at the center of a literal spider web.
* DrivenToSuicide: Rose jumps off a mountain in Switzerland after Prince Alexis rejects her. (In the play this happened in the backstory).
* DullSurprise: This film is good evidence of why D.W. Griffith's efforts to make Carol Dempster a star failed.
* HeelFaceTurn: After confessing to the theft that opens the film, Forman Wells, who was a protege of Moriarty, goes to work for Holmes. In the play he is already Holmes' valet at the beginning.
* MeetCute: Holmes first meets Alice when he's in university. He's examining some wildlife with his magnifying glass when he slips and falls in the road, whereupon Alice nearly hits him with her cart.
* MythologyGag: Nothing of the plot is taken from Conan Doyle's writing, but the scene in which Holmes is jotting down a self-assesment of his knowledge of various fields ("Literature: nil...Chemistry: profound") is lifted directly from Watson's assesment of Holmes in ''Literature/AStudyInScarlet''.
* NamedByTheAdaptation: Again! In the play Alice's sister killed herself in the backstory, and is not named. Here she is named Rose, and her suicide is shown.
* OriginsEpisode: The film includes a long introductory sequence showing Holmes and Watson as university students together. It also shows Holmes meeting Alice, Prince Alexis, and Moriarty, well before all of them come back into his life. It joins the plot of the play nearly halfway through, when Alice is being held captive by the Larrabees.
* ReCut: This film was believed for decades to be lost. When it was finally discovered in the 1970s, it existed not as a regular theatrical cut, but a jumbled mass of ''all'' the footage shot for the movie, including alternate takes and deleted scenes. Film historian Kevin Brownlow, working with the film's director, Albert Parker (then in his late 80s), stitched together what is believed to be a relatively close approximation of the film as it ran in theaters.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Played completely straight. After getting a look at Moriarty's elaborate gas chamber trap, Louis Wolheim's {{Mook}} asks "Why all the fuss, gov'ner, why not knock 'im on the 'ead?".
* WorstNewsJudgementEver: "SHERLOCK HOLMES HOUSE BURNED" isn't just a headline, it takes up a whole broadsheet.
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