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Hamlet Lives in HollywoodJohn Barrymore and the Acting Tradition Onscreen$
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Murray Pomerance and Steven Rybin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474411394

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411394.001.0001

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The Curious Case of Sherlock Holmes

The Curious Case of Sherlock Holmes

(p.35) Chapter 3 The Curious Case of Sherlock Holmes
Hamlet Lives in Hollywood

Colin Williamson

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines John Barrymore’s performance as the titular character in Sherlock Holmes (1922), focusing on the reception of Barrymore’s performance as the titular title character. The chapter shows how Barrymore’s star image was taking shape at the same time as the Holmes character was being adapted to visual culture. Barrymore’s performance is explored in the context of Sherlock Holmes as an adaptation.

Keywords:   Barrymore, film performance, Sherlock Holmes

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