July 26, 2014

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The Hound of the Baskervilles – 1977 | 85 mins | Comedy | Colour

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Plot Synopsis

The Hound of the Baskervilles

A second joint lead-role installment following Bedazzled and the low-point of Peter Cook and Dudley Mooreís uneven cinema output. Cook and Moore, portraying Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson respectively, give us their painfully unfunny interpretation of Conan Doyleís famed classic, The Hound of the Baskervilles, supported by a distinguished cast of British comedy stalwarts including Terry-Thomas, Kenneth Williams, Denholm Elliott, Hugh Griffith, Spike Milligan and Roy Kinnear.

Director and one-time Andy Warhol collaborator Paul Morrissey attempts to engineer an uninspired spoof in the vein of Carry On Sherlock but equal co-writers Cook and Moore must shoulder some responsibility for the endless succession of either ill-judged or mistimed jokes. Inspiration would appear to be lacking when even Pete ní Dudís one-legged man routine is replicated for an interview scene. It is suitably fitting that as the final credits roll an unseen audience showers Moore with rotten vegetables.

When Dr. Mortimer (Terry-Thomas) visits Baker Street seeking help in solving the mystery of the curse that hangs over the Baskerville family, Holmes (Cook) being exhausted by his most recent case sends the Welsh-speaking Watson (Moore) on his first solo assignment to Baskerville Hall. Holmes meanwhile takes a well deserved rest in Londonís seedy nightspots. Watson investigates the strange goings on at Baskerville Hall and begins to suspect everyone he questions, including himself and Sir Henry Baskerville (Kenneth Williams), until frustrated at every step; he has to call for the great detective to help him out.

Production Team

Paul Morrissey: Director
John Wilcox: Cinematography
Dick Bush: Cinematography
Charles Knode: Costume Design
Richard Marden: Editing
Glenn Hyde: Editing
Dudley Moore: Original Music
John Goldstone: Producer
Roy Forge Smith: Production Design
Paul Morrissey: Script
Dudley Moore: Script
Peter Cook: Script
Gerry Humphreys: Sound Department
Brian Simmons: Sound Department

Cast

Peter Cook: Sherlock Holmes
Dudley Moore: Doctor Watson/Mr Spiggot/Mrs Ada Holmes
Denholm Elliott: Stapleton
Joan Greenwood: Beryl Stapleton
Terry-Thomas: Dr Mortimer
Max Wall: Arthur Barrymore
Hugh Griffith: Frankland
Irene Handl: Mrs Barrymore
Kenneth Williams: Sir Henry Baskerville
Roy Kinnea: Ethel Seldon
Prunella Scales: Glynis
Penelope Keith: Massage Parlor Receptionist
Spike Milligan: Policeman
Jessie Matthews: Mrs Tinsdale
Roy Kinnear: Selden the Axe Murderer



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