The Man with the Twisted Lip (film)

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The Man with the Twisted Lip
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Holmes (right) and Watson
Directed by Maurice Elvey
Written byWilliam J. Elliott
Based onstory "The Man with the Twisted Lip by Arthur Conan Doyle
StarringSee below
Cinematography Germain Burger
Production
company
Distributed byStoll Picture Productions (UK)
Release date
1921
Running time
28 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageSilent..English titles

The Man with the Twisted Lip is a 1921 British short silent film directed by Maurice Elvey. [1] It is the eighth film in Stoll's Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series starring Eille Norwood as the detective. [2]

Cinema of the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom has had a significant film industry for over a century. While film production reached an all-time high in 1936, the "golden age" of British cinema is usually thought to have occurred in the 1940s, during which the directors David Lean, Michael Powell, and Carol Reed produced their most highly acclaimed work. Many British actors have achieved worldwide fame and critical success, such as Maggie Smith, Roger Moore, Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Daniel Day-Lewis, Gary Oldman, and Kate Winslet. Some of the films with the largest ever box office returns have been made in the United Kingdom, including the third and fourth highest-grossing film series, with the former having been made largely with funding from Hollywood.

Maurice Elvey was the most prolific film director in British history. He directed nearly 200 films between 1913 and 1957. During the silent film era he directed as many as twenty films per year. He also produced more than fifty films - his own as well as films directed by others.

From 1921 to 1923, Stoll Pictures produced a series of silent black-and-white films based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories. Forty-five short films and two feature-length films were produced featuring Eille Norwood in the role of Holmes and Hubert Willis cast as Dr. Watson with the exception of the final film, The Sign of Four, where Willis was replaced with Arthur Cullin. Consequently, Norwood holds the record for most appearances as Sherlock Holmes in film.

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Plot summary

Sherlock Holmes discovers that the case of missing husband Mr. Neville St. Clair may be connected to a disfigured beggar of Piccadilly Circus, known as "the man with the twisted lip".

Piccadilly Circus London road junction and public place

Piccadilly Circus is a road junction and public space of London's West End in the City of Westminster. It was built in 1819 to connect Regent Street with Piccadilly. In this context, a circus, from the Latin word meaning "circle", is a round open space at a street junction.

Cast

Eille Norwood British actor

Eille Norwood was an English actor who spent most of his screen career playing Sherlock Holmes.

Hubert Willis was a British actor. He was best known for his recurring role as Doctor Watson in a series of silent Sherlock Holmes films co-starring with Eille Norwood.

Robert Vallis was a British actor.

Soundtrack

See also

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References

  1. "The Man with the Twisted Lip (1921)". BFI.
  2. "The Man with the Twisted Lip (movie 1921)". arthur-conan-doyle.com.