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Arthur Wontner

Arthur Wontner
Arthur Wontner as Sherlock Holmes in The Sleeping Cardinal
Arthur Wontner as Sherlock Holmes
Born January 21, 1875
London, England, UK
Died July 10, 1960(1960-07-10) (aged 85)
London, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1916-1955
Spouse(s) Rosecleer Alice Amelia Blanche Kingwell (1903-1943) (her death) 3 children
Florence Eileen Lainchbury (1947-1960) (his death)

Arthur Wontner (21 January 1875 – 10 July 1960) was a British actor best known for playing Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's master detective Sherlock Holmes in five films from 1931 to 1937. These films are:

Reportedly, Wontner landed the role of Sherlock Holmes thanks to his performance of Holmes imitation Sexton Blake in a 1930 stage production.[5]

Of all Wontner's films as Sherlock Holmes, The Missing Rembrandt is no longer available. It is officially a lost film.[6] It is possible to obtain all of the others.

Silver Blaze was renamed Murder at the Baskervilles on its US release in order to make the most of the publicity which had been generated by Basil Rathbone's version of The Hound of the Baskervilles. In many respects Wontner's film can be seen as a sequel as it is set twenty years after the events of the more famous story.

Wontner's son became the well-known hotelier and Lord Mayor of London Sir Hugh Wontner.



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  4. ^ Murder At The Baskervilles (1937)
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External links

  • Arthur Wontner at the Internet Movie Database
  • (1937)Murder at the Baskervilles viewable at
  • (1935)The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes viewable at
  • (1932)The Sign Of Four viewable at
  • (1931)Sherlock Holmes: The Sleeping Cardinal viewable at
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