- The Hound of the Baskervilles (1978 film)
name = The Hound of the Baskervilles
producer = John Goldstone
Arthur Conan Doyle(novel)
Peter Cook, Dudley Moore & Paul Morrissey (screenplay)
Peter Cook Dudley Moore
music = Dudley Moore
released = October 1978
country = UK
language = English
amg_id = 1:23309
imdb_id = 0076161
The Hound of the Baskervilles is a
1978British comedy filmspoofing " The Hound of the Baskervilles" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It starred Peter Cookas Sherlock Holmesand Dudley Mooreas Dr. Watson. A number of other well-known British comedyactors appeared in the film including Terry-Thomas, Kenneth Williamsand Denholm Elliot.
The film begins in a Theatre, where a Pianist (Moore) begins to play a piano accompaniment to the actual film being shown in the Theatre.
Holmes (Cook) has just restored a stolen artifact to three French nuns, and is later called on a case by Dr. Mortimer (
Terry-Thomas) concerning Sir Henry Baskerville ( Kenneth Williams) and a legendary hound that curses the Baskerville estate. Tired and worn out by so many cases, Holmes passes the case onto Dr. Watson (Moore), who is portrayed as a Welsh eccentric.
Upon arriving at the station, Sir Henry, Dr. Mortimer, Watson and Percival (their driver) are halted by a policeman (
Spike Milligan), who warns them of a murderer stalking the moors, before sending the group on their way.
The Barrymores at Baskerville Hall mistreat Sir Henry and Watson, feeding them only cheese and water and then throwing them into a small bedroom, ankle-deep in water. Watson then goes to the village to send a message to Holmes (who is during this time visiting his cranky mother), and meets Mr. Stapleton of Merripit Hall. Stapleton is carrying a chihuahua that proceeds to urinate in Watson's pocket and face.
Arriving at Merripit Hall, Watson meets the eccentric Mrs. Stapleton, who displays surreal symptoms in an
Exorcist-style manner. Afterward, Holmes arrives and examines the case so far. An invitation arrives for Sir Henry, asking him to dinner at Merripit Hall. Suspecting a trap, Watson goes along with Sir Henry while Holmes observes carefully. Mrs. Stapleton resumes her bizarre acts and begins to vomit pale-blue liquid over Sir Henry, whilst Mr. Stapleton's chihuahua urinates in Watson's soup.
Ordered to leave in disgrace, the Stapletons, Dr. Mortimer and the murderer mentioned at the beginning of the film follow Sir Henry and Watson to kill them, but become trapped in a
Quagmire. Holmes then proceeds to reveal that the Hound is no more than a dog owned by the Baskerville estate, whose excited barking was misinterpreted as a monstrous beast.
The film ends on the Pianist, who is then hit by vegetables from the audience.
Despite having a cast of well-respected actors and keeping faithful to the mysterious feel of the story, many were put off by the excessive use of gross-out humour. The running gag of dog urine was of considerable upset to many. The
IMDBcurrently (August 2007) rates the film with 4.6 stars out of 10.
Peter Cook– Sherlock Holmes
Dudley Moore– Doctor Watson/ Mr. Spiggot / Mrs. Ada Holmes / Piano Player
Denholm Elliott– Stapleton
Joan Greenwood– Beryl Stapleton
Hugh Griffith– Frankland
Irene Handl– Mrs. Barrymore
Terry-Thomas– Dr. Mortimer
Max Wall– Arthur Barrymore
Kenneth Williams– Sir Henry Baskerville
Roy Kinnear– Ethel Seldon
Dana Gillespie– Mary Frankland
* Lucy Griffiths – Iris
Penelope Keith– Massage Parlor Receptionist
Jessie Matthews– Mrs. Tinsdale
Prunella Scales– Glynis
Josephine Tewson– Nun
Rita Webb– Elder masseuse
Henry Woolf– Shopkeeper
Spike Milligan– Policeman
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