A Study in Scarlet (1933 film)

A Study in Scarlet is a 1933 American Pre-Code mystery thriller film directed by Edwin L. Marin and starring Reginald Owen as Sherlock Holmes and Anna May Wong as Mrs. Pyke. The title comes from Arthur Conan Doyle's 1887 novel of the same name, the first in the Holmes series, but the screenplay by Robert Florey was original.[1]

A Study in Scarlet
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Directed byEdwin L. Marin
Produced bySamuel Bischoff
Screenplay byRobert Florey
CinematographyArthur Edeson
Edited byRose Loewinger
KBS Productions
Distributed bySono Art-World Wide Pictures
Release date
  • May 14, 1933 (1933-05-14) (United States)
Running time
71 minutes
CountryUnited States


Despite her billing, Anna May Wong only appears on screen for less than ten minutes. Reginald Owen had played Dr. Watson in Sherlock Holmes the previous year;[2][3] Owen was one of a small number of actors to play both Holmes and Watson. Some of the other actors who played both roles are Jeremy Brett, who played Watson on stage in the United States prior to adopting the mantle of Holmes on British television,[4] Howard Marion-Crawford, who played Holmes on British radio and Watson on American television, Carleton Hobbs, who played both roles in British radio adaptations,[5] and Patrick Macnee, who played both roles in US television movies.[6]



  1. ^ Taves, Brian (1987). Robert Florey, the French Expressionist. New Jersey: Scarecrow Press. p. 152. ISBN 0-8108-1929-5.
  2. ^ Eyles, Allen (1986). Sherlock Holmes: A Centenary Celebration. Harper & Row. pp. 84–85. ISBN 0-06-015620-1.
  3. ^ Bunson, Matthew (1994). Encyclopedia Sherlockiana: an A-to-Z guide to the world of the great detective. Macmillan. p. 255. ISBN 978-0-671-79826-0.
  4. ^ Barnes, Alan (2002). Sherlock Holmes on Screen. Reynolds & Hearn. p. 39. ISBN 1-903111-04-8.
  5. ^ Eyles, Allen (1986). Sherlock Holmes: A Centenary Celebration. Harper & Row. p. 86. ISBN 0-06-015620-1.
  6. ^ Barnes, Alan (2011). Sherlock Holmes on Screen. Titan Books. p. 76. ISBN 9780857687760.

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