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Next Meeting

Friday, March 13, 2015
Hyatt Regency Bethesda
7400 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD
Drinks at 6:00 -- Dinner at 7:00
[Sherlockian] Innocents Abroad
Red Circle members recount
recent Sherlockian travels



William Gillette's Sherlock Holmes Onscreen  Many Sherlockians know that the film version of William Gillette's portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, long believed lost, was discovered recently in France. Shot in Chicago in 1916 and released by Essanay, the film has now been restored and had its world premiere on January 31 in Paris. It will be screened next during the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, May 28-June 1. The festival's site also includes a nice story about "The Gillette Jollification" at the December meeting of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London. Read it here. The Red Circle trusts that in due course a Washington screening will also be in the offing. Meanwhile, a three minute excerpt of the restored film is available here. To celebrate the film's discovery, restoration and release, The Société Sherlock Holmes de France have published Le Guide du Film Sherlock Holmes (1916), a profusely-illustrated 64-page discussion of the film and its actors, with articles by Thierry Saint-Joanis and Bernard Oudin; it is almost all in English, and costs 20 Euros. You can order it here, where you can also see thumbnail images showing the results of their splendid research.

Sherlockian author wins Oscar for film starring Sherlockian actor  As 2010 came to an end, Black Peter reported in his Logbook on this site that a young man named Graham Moore had written a new pastiche called The Sherlockian that had met with some critical acclaim. It was Moore's first novel, and it would not be the last we'd hear from him. Moore went on to write the script for The Imitation Game, the tale of British mathematician Alan Turing's quest to break the Nazi's Enigma code. The film, of course, stars Benedict Cumberbatch in a superb performance as Turing. On February 22 Moore took home the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, and made what many consider to be the most memorable acceptance speech of the evening. See it here.

Gridlock DC 2015 will be expanded to a two-day event, on August 8-9, at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda.  Last year's convention was a one-day affair in Alexandria, with 195 people on hand for the festivities.  Some of the conventioneers were old Sherlockian hands, but the vast majority were young, and fans of film and television, some of them in costume, and everyone enjoyed the event.  You can see what last year's programming was like, and register for this year at their website hereSign up now and save, because registration is just $40.00 for early birds (through March 8).

Red Circle Baskerville theater party a smashing success
and the Washington Post took note. Read their report here.

Dan Stashower Scores Second Hat Trick   Washington writer, Sherlockian and Red Circle member Dan Stashower has won a third major prize for his book The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War. The Anthony Award, presented at Bouchercon in Long Beach in mid-November goes on the shelf along with the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar and Malice Domestic's Agatha awards. Dan's first trifecta was for Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters in 2008. Congratulations Dan!

Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal in Klinger case
  In a one sentence ruling on November 3, the US Supreme Court declined to hear the Conan Doyle Estate's appeal in the copyright suit brought by Les Klinger. The judgment has the effect of upholding Klinger's contention and the decisions of two lower courts that the 50 Sherlock Holmes stories published before 1923 are in the public domain and not subject to rights payments to the estate. The copyrights on the remaining ten stories will expire over the next decade.

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