Scene from "Sherlock Holmes, the Strange Case of Miss Faulkner." William Gillette, a famous American actor at the turn of the 20th Century, collaborated with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on this amalgam of several Holmes stories; it is the first to bring the famous detective to life on stage. The play became Gillette's signature piece--his performances as Holmes began in New York in 1899 and ended with a radio broadcast in 1935.

Fast forward to 1991; location the Miracle Playhouse in Talent, Oregon where I produced the play directed by Michael Pocaro. We were most fortunate to find a very strong cast lead by Brad Whitmore as Holmes, and Brian Fraser as Moriarty. At the end of a very successful 6 week run, Brad had to bow out. Michael stepped in at a moments notice, and you are free to judge the result in this clip.

Dana Augustine, who also directed and wrote the Sherlock Holmes PSA, shot the entire play hand held from several locations in the house. He had recorded the play previously to provide Michael with a "rehearsal" tape. As you watch, notice not only the brilliant dance of two of the world's deadliest foes, but the superior camera work by Dana done extempore. Unfortunately much of the tape (remember this was shot 20 years ago) has degraded and is unwatchable. Fortunately for us, this scene is nearly intact. Enjoy!

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