Sherlock Holmes Baffled is a very short silent film created between
1900 and 1903, with cinematography by Arthur Marvin. It is the
earliest-known film to feature the character of Sherlock Holmes, albeit
in a form unlike later screen incarnations of Conan Doyle's detective.
The inclusion of the character also makes it the first recorded
detective film. In the film, a thief who can appear and disappear at
random steals a sack of items from Sherlock Holmes. At each point,
Holmes' attempts to thwart the intruder end in failure. Originally
intended to be shown on the Mutoscope, an early motion picture device
which provided viewing to only one person at a time, Sherlock Holmes
Baffled has a running time of 30 seconds. Although probably produced in
April 1900, it was only registered in 1903, and a copyright notice
stating this is seen on some prints. The identities of the first screen
Holmes and his assailant are not recorded. Assumed to be lost for
several years, the film was rediscovered in 1968 as a paper print in
the Library of Congress. It is estimated that Sherlock Holmes has
become the most prolific screen character in the history of cinema.
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