Sunday, November 6, 2016

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.

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