The Return of Sherlock Holmes

Hollywood: Paramount Pictures, 1929. Early Treatment script for the 1929 film, the first Sherlock Holmes film to have been produced with sound, and the first to include the Holmes utterance, "Elementary, my dear Watson" (a phrase never used by Doyle), though that statement regrettably does not appear in this draft.

The first known treatment was written by Oliver P. Garrett, followed by this one, scripted by F. Hugh Herbert, and the final writing credits went to Garrett Fort and director Basil Dean. This treatment differs substantially from the finished film, and is more faithful to Doyle's source material. A rare surviving artifact from the great detective's earliest days on the screen.

Tall side-stapled self wrappers, noted as an "Outline Treatment" on the front wrapper, rubber-stamped project No. 1491 and MASTER FILE, dated May 21, 1929, with a credit for screenwriter Herbert. 52 leaves, mixed original and carbon typescript on yellow stock, with a few holograph pencil annotations on the first leaf, including "1st Rough Draft." Very Good condition, with some wear to the first leaf at the bottom stitch.

[Book #121976]