Sangerindens Diamenter

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia
Sangerindens Diamenter (1909)
Released 19 march 1910 (US) 564 feet (The Moving Picture World, 12/19 march 1910, p. 407)

Sangerindens Diamenter (The Singer's Diamonds) is a Danish silent movie released on 20 november 1909, produced by Nordisk Film Co., starring Viggo Larsen as Sherlock Holmes. 564 feet. Black & White.

The 4th sherlockian movie by the Nordisk Film Company of Denmark.

Other titles:

  • Sherlock IV
  • Sherlock Oplesever IV
  • The Theft of the Diamonds (US) 19 march 1910

Survival status: presumed lost.


  • Sherlock Holmes : Viggo Larsen
  • John Baxter : ?
  • Baxter's uncle : ?
  • Daisy Morton : ?
  • Actors referenced in various sources : Poul Gregaard, Rigmor Jerichau, Lauritz Olsen, Ellen Diedrich



  • 1. The theft of the diamonds
  • 2. The uncle refuses to give assistance to his careless nephew
  • 3. Trying to steal the diamonds of the singer
  • 4. Sherlock Holmes hears a scream through the telephone
  • 5. Arrested

Plot summary

Danish film program (early 20th century)
  • Program for Kinografen

Google translated from original danish program (see picture)

The Singer's diamonds
From Sherlock Holmes Adventures.

John Baxter has never taken anything useful for; His parents died early and continuing left him a considerable fortune, which he, however, thanks to his unfortunate Compulsive gambling, now used up the last ear. But money must and he must have, he may try, he can not move his rich uncle to fork out. This, however, has never had anything left over for his dissolute nephew and receives him off quite cool, "No, my boy, order something, work and earn money yourself, do not imagine that I will supply you with funds to continue your useless existence with . have you acquired your money, you also allowed to catch up to them, I do, "and he shows nephew a magnificent diamond jewelery, which he will donate the famous Variety Star Daisy Morton. "Lend me the jewelery, just a few days, I will give money." John says. "No Thanks, my friend, I saw it probably never more," said the uncle, turning to save the piece of jewelery. As the dangers a diabolical thought of John, he jumps and will plunge of his uncle, however, timely turns around and angrily shows him the door.

The diamonds are still lurking in John's brain, he can just get hold of them, he is rescued; well that he knows who should have them, and he described joins to go over the Music Hall that night; who knows, maybe he gets a chance. His calculation turns out to be correct. The uncle goes up in the diva Wardrobe and deliver his gift. As soon as John therefore is satisfied that Daisy is passed onto the stage, he goes in on her dressing-room, searches in her haste Saves, but the bracelet is not there, she must therefore have it on. Well, he will go home to her, for now he will do everything possible to get Diamond Adorned. John hoist himself by a rope that is attached to the roof, down to Miss Daisy's Balcony, go into the room and rummage through all the drawers; The bracelet is still not, he must therefore wait until she comes, and he's hiding behind Balcony door.

Shortly after, singer, random she throws a glance toward the balcony door, and when she receiving sight of the masked figure, she takes resolute phone and dials the famous Detective Sherlock Holmes up; she shall take only said his name, for a Spring rolls John over her, strikes phone out of his hand on her, giving her a blow, as she sinks unconscious and takes the jewel and climbs down the rope.

Sherlock Holmes has, however, heard Miss Daisy cry in phone and run hastily there; a glance is enough to tell him what happened, and without hesitation he swings himself up the rope. John, however, is now driven to the edge of desperation, cut the rope above; However, Sherlock Holmes saves himself, and after a wild chase across the roofs... John is finally captured and handed over to justice.

The Moving Picture World, 2 april 1910, p. 510
  • The Moving Picture World, 2 april 1910, p. 510

"The Theft of Diamonds" (Great Northern).— This firm has made an attractive feature of films of this type in the past, its Sherlock Holmes series being graphic representatives of this fact. In this film some very dramatic situations are reproduced and the acting is so sympathetic and the actors develop so much capability in developing their parts that the audience becomes absorbed in the picture and regrets when it closes. There is always a more than ordinary degree of interest attaching to a story of this sort, and in this instance the audience is not disappointed in the way it is worked out.

The Moving Picture World, 2 april 1910, p. 532
  • The Moving Picture World, 2 april 1910, p. 532

THE THEFT OF THE DIAMONDS. - The first scene portrays a room in Mr. Allan's house. He is admiring a necklace of diamonds, when his nephew, Alfred Farley, a disreputable young man, having reached the end of his resources, applies to his uncle for the loan of some money, but he is refused. Spying the necklace, Farley tries to persuade his uncle to give it to him and, being refused again, he becomes angry and springs at his uncle in an endeavor to strangle him to gain possession of the coveted necklace. The effort is in vain, as Allan eludes him and angrily orders his from the house. We next see Mr. Allan at the theater dressing room of Margaret Hayes, a prima donna singer, where he presents her with the necklace just as she is leaving for the stage. Not wishing to leave it in the room, she twists it around her arm, and is followed out by Mr. Allan and her maid. In her absence Farley enters her dressing room and, after searching around tinily discovers the empty box that had contained the necklace. Realizing that further search would be futile, he leaves and decides to go to her apartments and arriving there he lets himself down from the roof on a rope. Masked, he searches around the room and, being unsuccessful, hides behind a heavy curtain at the balcony door and awaits Miss Hayes' arrival from the theater. As she enters the room she notices the confusion, and detecting him she grasps the telephone and calls for Sherlock Holmes, the great detective, but before she can say anything he rushes from his hiding place and forces the telephone away from her. Sherlock Holmes, on the other end of the wire, hears only a scream, and immediately locating the number, rushes to her home. Farley in the meantime has escaped to the roof and when Holmes arrives and sees Miss Hayes unconscious, he notices the rope and quickly clambers up after the scoundrel. Farley from above notices this and loosens the rope, but Holmes luckily saves himself by clinging to the balcony which leads to the apartment of a gentleman and his servant. He explains his presence there and, with the aid of the men rushes to the roof in pursuit of the fugitive. Farley, from behind a chimney, shoots at the approaching men and after his revolver is emptied runs, but in jumping from one roof to another he falls and is captured and bound. He is then taken to the apartment of the singer, who has no difficulty in recognizing him as the thief and Farley is forced to give up the necklace and is turned over into the hands of the detective's assistants.

  • Titles credits : The Great Northern Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Bjarne Nielsen (Pinkerton, 1997)