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Occupation  Actor
Years active  1916-1955

Name  Arthur Wontner
Role  Actor
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Born  January 21, 1875London, England, UK
Died  July 10, 1960, London, United Kingdom
Spouse  Florence Eileen Lainchbury (m. 1947–1960), Rosecleer Alice Amelia Blanche Kingwell (m. 1903–1943)
Children  Hugh Wontner, Hilary Wontner, Helen Mary Wontner
Grandchildren  Nicholas St. John Hilary Wontner, Rupert Stephen Arthur Wontner
Movies  The Sleeping Cardinal, The Triumph of Sherlock, Silver Blaze, The Sign of Four, Genevieve
Similar People  Hugh Wontner, Basil Rathbone, Graham Cutts, Thomas Bentley, Henry Cornelius

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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:


  • The Sleeping Cardinal (1931) (US title: Sherlock Holmes' Fatal Hour)is based on Doyle's two stories, "The Final Problem" and "The Adventure of the Empty House"
  • The Missing Rembrandt (1932) (still considered lost) based on "The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton"
  • The Sign of Four: Sherlock Holmes' Greatest Case (1932)
  • The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes (1935) based on The Valley of Fear
  • Silver Blaze (1937) (US title:Murder at the Baskervilles, release 1941) based on "Silver Blaze"

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

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

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    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.

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


  • Lady Windermere's Fan (1916)
  • Bonnie Prince Charlie (1923)
  • The Diamond Man (1924)
  • Eugene Aram (1924)
  • The Infamous Lady (1928)
  • A Gentleman of Paris (1931)
  • The Sleeping Cardinal (1931)
  • The Sign of Four (1932)
  • The Missing Rembrandt (1932)
  • Condemned to Death (1932)
  • The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes (1935)
  • Royal Cavalcade (1935)
  • Line Engaged (1935)
  • Dishonour Bright (1936)
  • Second Bureau (1936)
  • Thunder in the City (1937)
  • Silver Blaze (1937)
  • Storm in a Teacup (1937)
  • The Terror (1938)
  • 13 Men and a Gun (1938)
  • Kate Plus Ten (1938)
  • Old Iron (1938)
  • Just like a Woman (1939)
  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
  • Blanche Fury (1948)
  • The Elusive Pimpernel (1950)
  • Brandy for the Parson (1952)
  • Genevieve (1953)
  • Sea Devils (1953)
  • Three Cases of Murder (1955)
  • References

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