Many of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s works and some of the movies based on his stories are now in the public domain. By definition, a public domain work is a creative work that is not protected by copyright and which may be freely used by everyone. In the case of these works, the term of copyright for the work has expired.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote four novels and fifty-six short stories featuring Holmes that became the basis or inspiration for over 200 movies.
The first Sherlock Holmes film was produced on April 26, 1900. Note the use of the term “film” rather than “movie”. That is because “Sherlock Holmes Baffled” ran for a brief 30 seconds and was shown in Mutoscope machines in amusement arcades. From that humble beginning, Sherlock Holmes became the most frequently portrayed fictional character on film, having been played by 75 actors in 211 movies since the production of “Sherlock Holmes Baffled”.
Some of these movies are now available to watch online because they have become public domain. Where possible, we will offer you the option of watching the movie on our site. For some films, we will only be able to give you a link to another site where you can watch the film.
Here is a list of the films and television episodes currently available for free viewing:
The Speckled Band (1931)
The Sign Of Four (1932)
A Study In Scarlet (1933)
The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes (1935)
Murder at the Baskervilles (1941)
Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1943)
The Woman In Green (1945)
Terror by Night (1946)
Sherlock Holmes – Dressed to Kill (1946)
Sherlock Holmes (1954) – 15 complete episodes
Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, The (1970) – USA