Sherlock Holmes Baffled (1900)

30s, 86.56 metres
68mm film, black and white

An American fantasy film directed by Arthur Marvin. It is believed to contain the first screen appearance of and was made for presentation in Mutoscope machines in amusement arcades.

Plot Summary

Sherlock Holmes confronts a burglar only for the criminal to disappear into thin air. When he mysteriously reappears, Holmes tries to shoot him but he escapes through a window.


Directed by: Arthur Marvin
American Mutoscope & Biograph
Character: Arthur Conan Doyle
Photography: Arthur Marvin
Locations: New York City, New York, USA

Sherlock Holmes Baffled (2004)

Extracts included in
Time Shift: A Study in Sherlock (2007)



  • Horror in Silent Films: A Filmography, 1896-1929 by Roy Kinnard p.17
  • Motion Pictures from the Library of Congress Paper Print Collection 1894-1912 by Kemp R. Niver, edited by Bebe Bergsten pp.87-88
  • by Walt Lee p.433 – credits