Study in Scarlet – The Adaptations

A Study in Scarlet (with Peter Cushing as Sherlock Holmes)

A Study in Scarlet (with Peter Cushing as Sherlock Holmes)

A Study in Scarlet hasn’t been adapted very often for film or TV (though the story of Sherlock Holmes’ and Watson’s first meeting has been incorporated into a lot of stories). Among the first Sherlock Holmes movies was “A Study in Scarlet”, authorized by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle into a silent film in 1914. Unfortunately, the film doesn’t exist any longer.

In 1933, a film named “A Study in Scarlet” was made, but the filmmakers only had the rights to the title and so the plot is completely different (you can watch the film for free on Amazon with Amazon Prime or here on or here on YouTube).

Other adaptations include:

  • the BBC Sherlock Holmes series with Peter Cushing (1968) [you can find this on YouTube].
  • 1983 animated version produced by Burbank Films Australia, with Peter O’Toole voicing Sherlock Holmes [also on YouTube].
  • BBC Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch used elements of this story in “A Study in Pink.”

We will be discussing the adaptations hopefully in a future episode, so if you’d like to watch along with us feel free! Newbies may want to avoid the BBC Sherlock with Benedict as it has spoilers for the whole series.


Welcome to “Through the Pages of Sherlock Holmes” this is a spoiler-free group so newbies can read with us. Our plan is to read part 1 of “A Study in Scarlet” by Jan 26th. Send your feedback to sherlockholmespages at before Jan 26th and we’ll read it on air!

Cover of "A Study in Scarlet"

The novel is available here for free:

Audio for free here:

or here:

It’s also available for free on Kindle here (thanks Nutty), be aware that the introduction is full of spoilers and just skip forward to the actual stories.

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