The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Director: Paul Morrissey Cast: Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Denholm Elliott

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Overview

The Hound of the Baskervilles

A must to avoid, the 1977 Hound of the Baskervilles is a misfire all down the line. The concept of having "underground" director Paul Morrissey bringing an irreverent slant to the original Sherlock Holmes mystery had potential. So did the notion of casting comedians Peter Cook and Dudley Moore as Holmes and Watson, with such reliable British performers as Terry-Thomas, Joan Greenwood, Denholm Elliott, Hugh Griffith, Spike Milligan and Roy Kinnear in cameos. But the results are horrendous, despite the fact that producer Michael White had done a perfectly acceptable combination of spoofery and fidelity to source material in Monty Python's Jabberwocky. The one joke that works is the casting of a lovable Irish wolfhound as the "deadly" Baskerville mastiff. What doesn't work in this film could fill a book; one can only refer to the initial mistake of having Holmes and Watson speak in thick provincial accents, which might be good for a single joke but not for an 85-minute feature. For its American release, Hound of the Baskervilles was whittled down to 78 minutes, with several of its scenes out of sequence; no one noticed, no one cared.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/07/2004
UPC: 0027616915252
Original Release: 1978
Rating: NR
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:25:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Includes original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Cook Sherlock Holmes
Dudley Moore Dr.Watson/Mr. Spiggot/Mrs. Ada Holmes
Denholm Elliott Stapleton
Joan Greenwood Beryl Stapleton
Terry-Thomas Dr. Mortimer
Max Wall Arthur Barrymore
Irene Handl Mrs. Barrymore
Kenneth Williams Sir Henry Baskerville
Hugh Griffith Frankland
Roy Kinnear Ethel Seldon
Prunella Scales Glynis
Penelope Keith Massage Parlor Receptionist
Spike Milligan Policeman
Dana Gillespie Beryl Stapleton
Jessie Matthews Mrs. Tinsdale
Rita Webb Elder masseuse

Technical Credits
Paul Morrissey Director,Screenwriter
Andrew Braunsberg Executive Producer
Dick Bush Cinematographer
Peter Cook Screenwriter
John Goldstone Producer
Tim Hampton Associate Producer
Charles Knode Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Marden Editor
Michael White Executive Producer
Dudley Moore Score Composer,Screenwriter
Roy Smith Production Designer
John Wilcox Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Side: A [WS]
1. Lost Relic / Main Title [6:49]
2. Sir Charles' Death [4:19]
3. The Heir [3:18]
4. Watson Goes Solo [4:00]
5. Hospitality [4:43]
6. Strange Goings-On [7:09]
7. A Visit Home [6:57]
8. Watson Gets to Work [6:42]
9. Meeting the Meat Man [5:24]
10. One-Legged Runner [4:29]
11. Chihuahua Chap [3:47]
12. Ms. Stapleton [3:49]
13. Art Auction [7:52]
14. Dinnner Party [7:12]
15. In It...Together [4:09]
16. Farewell / End Credits [4:31]
Side #2 -- Side: B [P&S]
1. Lost Relic / Main Title [6:49]
2. Sir Charles' Death [4:19]
3. The Heir [3:18]
4. Watson Goes Solo [4:00]
5. Hospitality [4:43]
6. Strange Goings-On [7:09]
7. A Visit Home [6:57]
8. Watson Gets to Work [6:42]
9. Meeting the Meat Man [5:24]
10. One-Legged Runner [4:29]
11. Chihuahua Chap [3:47]
12. Ms. Stapleton [3:49]
13. Art Auction [7:52]
14. Dinnner Party [7:12]
15. In It...Together [4:09]
16. Farewell / End Credits [4:31]

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