This is The Hound of the Baskervilles as you've never seen it before as Peter Cook and Dudley Moore (Holmes and Watson) give us their unique interpretation of the Conan Doyle classic, supported by an all-star cast of British comedy greats. What is the curse that hangs over the Baskerville family? What is the terrible beast that roams the moors? Exhausted by his most recent case, Holmes sends Watson to Baskerville Hall to solve the mystery on his own while he takes a well-deserved rest in London's nightspots.
Watson, on his first solo case, investigates the strange goings-on at Baskerville Hall and begins to suspect everyone he questions, including himself until, frustrated at every step, he has to call for the great detective to help him out. Their discovery at Grympen Mire of the real Hound of the Baskervilles is too horrible to tell...
- One Peter And Duds classics
After seven years of searching I am still unable to find a video of this hilarious spoof which contains some truly classic comedy moments..The runner, the incontinent dog, Watsons welsh accent are all gems as well as the usual madcap style of Spike Milligan as the policeman. Will melt away any serious feeling you may have better than a Valium...but just as addictive a Classic!!!
- I viewed this film recently after a long battle trying to obtain a copy on video. All in all, it was worth the effort. Peter Cook is hilarious as Sherlock Holmes, not the typical portrayal of the super sleuth that we know and love. At the onset, Cook is wearing women's clothes while conversing with a potential client (but only because Watson wasn't supposed to admit any clients)! Dudley Moore plays two roles, one as a confused Watson, and also Sherlock Holmes' irascible mother. Highlights include Holmes putting out a help wanted ad for a "runner of errands" and getting only a one-legged man to apply; Denholm Elliott's pet chihuahua who happens to be quite incontinent, especially around poor Watson; and finally, a scene that appears to be inspired by the Exorcist and presumably penned by Andy Warhol's director Paul Morrissey. For fans of gross-out British humor and Monty Python fans, this film provides many laughs; others steer clear. My edict: 7 out of 10.
- What is fairly noticeable about this film is the growing talent and enthusiasm of Dudley Moore as a screen prescence. He has at this point broke free the comedy chains enforced by Peter Cooks talent and his confidence dances off the screen. His silent movie/Chaplin/Laurel and Hardy/Keaton tribute usical score is wondeful too. He is genuinely hillarious with his over the top welsh accent as Watson and cripplingly funny playing Holmes's mother. In all honesty it is Dudley who makes the film work. Dudley holds his own against British comedy greats such as Kenneth Williams(brilliant in the film), Terry-Thomas and Spike Milligan. Peter Cook is quite good as Sherlock Holmes, certainly looks the part and given the chance would have made a very good Holmes in a better movie. But it's Dudleys film, he is the one who makes it work, and things where about to get very interesting for him over the next decade.
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.
Runtime: 75 min