Sherlock Holmes i Livsfare

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia
Sherlock Holmes (Viggo Larsen) and Moriarty (Gustav Lund)
Sherlock Holmes: The Noted Detective's Capture of the King of Criminals (The Moving Picture World, 5 december 1908, p. 442)
9 december 1908, 1140 feet (The Moving Picture World, 5 december 1908, p. 466)

Sherlock Holmes i Livsfare (Sherlock Holmes in Danger) is a Danish silent movie released in 1908 (premiered 20 november 1908 at Olsen's Biograph Theatre in Copenhagen), produced by Nordisk Film Co., starring Viggo Larsen as Sherlock Holmes. 1140 feet. Black & White.

This movie starts the series of sherlockian movies by Nordisk Film Company of Denmark.

Awarded first prize and prize of honor at the Cinematograph Exhibition at Hamburg, 1908.

Other titles:

  • Sherlock Holmes I
  • Sherlock Holmes in Danger of his Life
  • Sherlock Holmes Capturing Moriarty (USA) 9 december 1908

Survival status: presumed lost.




  • 1. Sherlock Holmes
  • 2. The theft of the pearl-necklace
  • 3. A wolf in sheep's clothing
  • 4. Two on a job
  • 5. Sherlock Holmes
  • 6. The antagonists meet
  • 7. Telegram: To the police station at... Street. Send an arrest order. I have got the thief. Sherlock Holmes.
  • 8. Letter: Professor Moriarty, Esq. Sherlock Holmes is on the track. Get him out of the way. Raffles.
  • 9. Escaped
  • 10. Caught
  • 11. Attempting Sherlock Holmes' life
  • 12. Caught in the trap
  • Letter 2: Raffles captured. Sherlock Holmes at home with Dr. Watson and the boy Billy.

Plot summary

  • The Moving Picture World, january-june 1909, p. 239-240

"Sherlock Holmes I" ... showed us how Raffles stole the diamond necklace, how he was captured and sent to prison...


The Moving Picture World, 5 december 1908, p. 450
  • The Moving Picture World, 5 december 1908, p. 450

"Sherlock Holmes," a detective story by the Great Northern Film Co., to be issued next week, is a masterly production in every respect. The plot in itself is interesting and well worked out. The staging is splendid and introduces some novel effects, not claptrap contraptions, but very realistic in all details. The action throughout is natural and spirited in some parts. There is a marked difference between the action in the Danish productions and those of other foreign makers. The Danes seem to do everything so seriously that at times their actions seem sluggish; at any rate it differs from the "chic" of the French actor. But it is none the worse for this; in fact, it is a pleasing variety, and if their succeeding productions of the "Sherlock Holmes" series equal the first, the series should prove a big success.

The Moving Picture World, 6 february 1909, p. 143
  • The Moving Picture World, 6 february 1909, p. 143

[..] they were showing "Sherlock Holmes," of the Great Northern Company, for the second and last day. The audiences of the previous day had talked so much of this fine work in the car shops, ship yards, tanneries, mills, offices, etc., that the folks braved the storm to not miss such a good treat. THis shows that good work can be fully appreciated.

The Moving Picture World, 6 february 1909, p. 148
  • The Moving Picture World, 6 february 1909, p. 148

'Sherlock Holmes' left a deep mark in this place, and it is reported that some families visited the 'Gem' the two days it was shown. The 'Acme' could not stand the sharp competition and had to close its door.

The Moving Picture World, 27 march 1909, p. 367
  • The Moving Picture World, 27 march 1909, p. 367

"Sherlock Holmes" - We have had occasion to comment very favorably on the excellent staging and photography of the series of films issued by Great Northern Co. under the above heading. Taken with a connection with a comment in our issue of the 13th, in which a film bearing the same title was severely criticized, the remarks to some may appear to be contradictory. In justice to The Great Northern Company we wish to explain that the last mentioned film bore no maker's name, and as the several comments were made by the same critic they were equally fair. Some time ago another firm sent out a film under the title of "Sherlock Holmes," but evidently they did not have enough respect for their own work to stamp it with their imprint.

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