This is believed to be the only filmed interview with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle it was filmed in 1928
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle at the French front, June 1916
Well, greetings of the season to you, sir.
There was an article in today’s Sunday Times about the Allahakbarries, a celebrity cricket team founded by JM Barrie that included the fellows pictured above (plus Jerome K. Jerome!) Found this bit particularly interesting:
“The team’s star player was Arthur Conan Doyle, whose 6 ft, 15-stone frame earned him the nickname ‘the Colossus’. The author, who once took the wicket of WG Grace while playing for the MCC, has been likened to a Victorian version of Ian Botham or Freddie Flintoff…Conan Doyle may have formed the name of literature’s most famous detective from two Nottinghamshire cricketers, Mordecai Sherwin and Frank Shacklock.”
I love coming across references to Arthur Conan Doyle. Aside from creating a character I think about constantly, he’s embedded in the texture of my daily existence: I live in his hometown, attend his alma mater, work in a museum that houses a collection of his letters and clinical notebooks, and walk by two of his former residences every day (one is on my street, the other is adjacent to the library). It’s an artificial association, but one that I am happy to reinforce with coincidences nonetheless.
Did you know his last words were “You are wonderful”?
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, enjoyed practical jokes. He is said to have once sent a telegram to twelve of his friends, all people of great significance and power. The telegram said: ‘Flee at once, the secret is discovered’. Within 24 hours all twelve had left the country.
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