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Sunday, November 6, 2016

SHERLOCK HOLMES: The Hound Of The Baskervilles, Part Two

Starring Peter Cushing, Nigel Stock
Guest Stars:  Gary Raymond, Gabriella Licudi, Philip Bond, Penelope Lee, George Howe
Directed by Graham Evans
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

Holmes rejoins Watson to unravel the mysteries behind the attacks on the Baskervilles, but though he knows the identity of the criminal behind them, he must find a way to prove his guilt.

This second installment in the series' adaptation of Conan Doyle's classic novel of the same name is not quite as effective a dramatization as the first part, although it begins promisingly with some wonderful tracking shots as Watson and Baskerville trail a mysterious stranger on the moor.  However once Holmes shows up, the villain's identity is unmasked early, robbing the final climax of some dramatic tension that was present in earlier film adaptations of the story.  The teleplay is certainly a more faithful adaptation, introducing a character ignored by the 1939 and 1959 filmings of the story, but a less exciting one.

SHERLOCK HOLMES: The Hound Of The Baskervilles, Part One

Starring Peter Cushing, Nigel Stock
Guest Stars:  Gary Raymond, Gabriella Licudi, Philip Bond, Gerald Flood, Ballard Berkeley
Directed by Graham Evans
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

Sherlock Holmes is engaged to safeguard the life of Sir Henry Baskerville, heir to an estate said to be haunted by a ghostly hound.

The classic Conan Doyle novel is reintroduced for television in the first part of this two-part adventure, featuring Cushing reprising his role as Holmes nearly a decade after starring in a movie version for Hammer Films.  Although the structure of the novel keeps Cushing offscreen for most of this first installment, the actor does a fine job of showing the great detective's mind spurring into action as clues are presented to him.  Stock, as Dr. Watson, admirably carries the story forward in his place, visiting the mysterious moors that led to the former Baskervilles' demise.  Although this is far from the most atmospheric adaptation of the novel, finely decorated sets capture the feel of the century old setting, and director Evans composites his shots expertly, moving the actors through both foreground and background to create the three-dimensional feel of a stage play.