Conference Schedule
Indianapolis, Indiana

All films screened on Saturday are real 16mm film!

Friday, November 16
8:00 p.m. Conference Premiere Kick-Off Party

Saturday, November 17
8:30 - 10:00 Registration and Sherlockian Film Festival

Scheduled Films:
The Man Who Disappeared starring John Longden
Do Detectives Think? starring Laurel & Hardy
Silver Blaze starring Christopher Plummer

10:00 - 10:20 Introductory Remarks and Business

10:20 - 11:00 Scott Allen Nollen

Sherlock Holmes was a fixture from the earliest days of moving pictures. Scott Nollen will discuss Sherlockian Cinema from the seminal Sherlock Holmes Baffled through to the classic films of Arthur Wontner, with emphasis on the silent films of mighty Eille Norwood.

11:00 - 11:20 The Devil's Foot starring Eille Norwood

11:20 - 12:00 Kathryn White

As in the published Canonical tales, women play a crucial role in the films of Sherlock Holmes. Whether it is villain, housekeeper, or damsel in distress, Kathryn White will speak on the evolving portrayal of women in Sherlockian cinema.


House of Fear starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce

1:00 - 1:40 David Stuart Davies

The Holmes/Watson relationship is unique in literature, but its dramatic representation has not always been consistent. Using two films from the turbulent period of the late 1960s and 1970s -- the landmark Private Life of Sherlock Holmes and the evocative Murder by Decree -- as the central points, David Stuart Davies examines the evolving portrayal of the Holmes/Watson relationship.


2:20 - 2:40 Julie McKuras

In addition to starring as Sherlock Holmes on screen, Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce also portrayed the Great Detective and the Good Doctor well over 200 times on the radio! Julie McKuras will share the story of Edith Meiser, the creative force behind the radio show that did more to cement the immortal image of Rathbone as Holmes than even the movies.

2:40 - 3:20 Terence Faherty

Maligned as war propaganda, labeled as low-budget B-movies, the Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce series of Sherlock Holmes films are generally considered inferior efforts. Terence Faherty will mount a vigorous defense of these under-valued gems, highlighting their merits and reminding us why they are such fun to watch.

3:20 - 4:00 Michael Hoey

The son of character actor Dennis Hoey (Inspector Lestrade in the Universal Sherlock Holmes series), Michael A. Hoey was born in London and relocated to the U.S. as a child. Growing up in the shadows of the Hollywood studios, he went on to have his own career in the motion picture industry. His From Gillette to Brett II appearance will feature his personal memories of his father's work as the iconic Inspector Lestrade, first-person memories of being on the set of the Universal Sherlock Holmes movies, and personal encounters with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce! Michael Hoey is a living link to these Sherlockian cinematic classics!


4:20 - 5:00 Jeremy Paul

Jeremy Paul not only scripted eleven of the forty-one episodes of Granada Television's Sherlock Holmes series, he was awarded an Edgar [Best Television Episode] for his 1988 adaptation of The Musgrave Ritual. He was again nominated for his adaptation of The Problem of Thor Bridge. However, Jeremy Paul's Sherlock Holmes scriptwriting wasn't confined to television. His play, The Secret of Sherlock Holmes, was commissioned by Jeremy Brett and ran in London's West End at the Wyndham Theatre during the 1988-1989 season for several hundred performances. Mr. Paul will share his memories of working with Jeremy Brett, as well as adapting Sherlock Holmes for both the stage and the screen.

5:00 - 6:30 BREAK

6:30 - 8:00 Banquet

8:00 - 10:00 Jenny O'Hara and The Return of the World's Greatest Detective

With an acting career that dates back to a role on As the World Turns in 1956, Jenny O'Hara is one of the most familiar faces on television. For Sherlockians, however, it is her turn in the mid-1970's gem The Return of the World's Greatest Detective that is a favorite! This made-for-television film is beginning to regain a much-deserved appreciation. It's merits are many, including a palpable affection for Sherlock Holmes and the endearing chemistry between its stars, Larry Hagman and Jenny O'Hara.

Both Jenny O'Hara and The Return of the World's Greatest Detective will be with us! We will meet Ms. O'Hara and screen a super-rare print of The Return of the World's Greatest Detective. The film is not available on video or DVD it hasn't aired since the mid-1980s (when it was briefly in syndication), and odds are many of you haven't seen it. But we have a 16mm print, and you will see it and meet its star at From Gillette to Brett II!

Sunday, November 18
8:00 - 10:00 Closing Credits Breakfast