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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An under - rated work of genius
The acting in this film is just fabulous.Dudley Moore always had a talent for soaking up his enviroment and adapting it in his comedy.A good example of this is when he plays "Shylock Holmes's" mother in the film.He got the ideas for this character from the "Daganham diologue" of his own mother.There is some unmissible insanity in this film.I see it as a real stroke of...
Published on 12 Sept. 2003

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1.0 out of 5 stars "This is a job for an imbecile!" "Quite right, Holmes! Let me deal with this!"
Reviled as one of the worst films ever made when it came out in 1978 and no better with age, Paul Morrissey's catastrophic spoof of The Hound of the Baskervilles starring Peter Cook and Dudley Moore is an infantile effort that wastes a impressive supporting cast that's practically a history of British popular cinema in itself: Kenneth Williams, Terry Thomas, Irene Handl,...
Published on 11 July 2012 by Trevor Willsmer


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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An under - rated work of genius, 12 Sept. 2003
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This review is from: The Hound Of The Baskervilles [1977] [DVD] (DVD)
The acting in this film is just fabulous.Dudley Moore always had a talent for soaking up his enviroment and adapting it in his comedy.A good example of this is when he plays "Shylock Holmes's" mother in the film.He got the ideas for this character from the "Daganham diologue" of his own mother.There is some unmissible insanity in this film.I see it as a real stroke of luck that all these theatricals got together for the only time in their lives and bothered to make it.I give it five stars because(1)Dudley's superb acting and fitting piano-playing throughout the film(2)Peter looks just gorgeous(3)the pure insanity of the acting and(4)I never get bored of it.Oh,and just one final thought,it's lovely to see so many comic geniouses(most of whom are sadly dead)captered in this underrated masterpiece.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good ole Pete 'n' Dud (and Kenny Williams too), 15 Mar. 2011
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Quality nonsense, contemporary 1970s references and surreal flights of inspired fancy and fantasy. A complete hoot. This probably one of the maddest films ever made. I had no idea what to expect. Numerous cast members had commented over the years that they'd enjoyed working on it, though the professional experience of the performer does not alway translate into an equally enjoyable experience for the viewer. In this case it did for me. Days after watching it, memorable scenes are still popping into my head, causing untoward solo-tittering in inappropriate situations. A veritable who's who of British comedy drama from the mid 20th century pass before your eyes. If you spot the odd over the top performance, that'll be one of the more restrained offerings. Thank you Pete 'n' Dud.
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1.0 out of 5 stars "This is a job for an imbecile!" "Quite right, Holmes! Let me deal with this!", 11 July 2012
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Hound Of The Baskervilles [1977] [DVD] (DVD)
Reviled as one of the worst films ever made when it came out in 1978 and no better with age, Paul Morrissey's catastrophic spoof of The Hound of the Baskervilles starring Peter Cook and Dudley Moore is an infantile effort that wastes a impressive supporting cast that's practically a history of British popular cinema in itself: Kenneth Williams, Terry Thomas, Irene Handl, Joan Greenwood, Spike Milligan, Max Wall, Denholm Elliott, Hugh Griffith, Roy Kinnear, even Jessie Matthews and a host of familiar faces like Penelope Keith, Mollie Maureen, Prunella Scales, Josephine Tewson and Henry Woolf (who at least gets a good costume gag) all line up for thankless roles in a testament to the desperate lack of work going round in the British film industry at the time.

It aspires to the music hall tradition but never rises above playground toilet humour, which wouldn't be a problem if it was funny toilet humour, but the semi-improvised, wildly self-indulgent script veers all over the place (there's even a prolonged Exorcist parody thrown in for no good reason) without hitting many targets, and those it does almost more by accident than design. A few stray jokes do survive the energetic overplaying that sees Cook playing Holmes like a lisping Jewish garment trader who sells it by the yard in what amounts to such an obvious impersonation of Peter Jones you don't know why they didn't save some money and hire him instead while Moore plays Watson as an enthusiastic sputtering imbecile with an accent that veers from the valleys of Wales to the Highlands of Scotland as well as Holmes' domineering fake spiritualist mother who insists on calling him Shirl. Aside from a throwaway gag with Holmes reading Sigmund Freud's `Guilt Without Sex,' there's little of the smart wit or screen chemistry of their classic work here even when they desperately throw in a particularly poor variation of their classic "I've nothing against your right leg - the trouble is, neither do you" `unidexter' sketch. By this time the two had grown to dislike and resent each enough for it to probably be a blessing that the story dictates they spend much of the film separated. Their last fictional feature together, only the self-loathing vitriol of Derek and Clive and the sporadic TV guest spot reunion lay in their joint future.

Thomas and Handl emerge with reputations intact, as does Penelope Keith in her brief turn as a brothel madam, but most of the supporting cast aren't so lucky, with humiliation the order of the day. There's a terrible self-awareness to lines like "These people can scarcely sink any lower," what with an even more over the top than usual Kenneth Williams alternating between bad wig and severe alopetia while poor Joan Greenwood is required to projectile vomit over Watson, having already attempted to rape him: Kind Hearts and Coronets must have seemed such a distant memory. There's a heavy emphasis on the grotesque and the puerile, exemplified one lengthy sequence involving a Chihuahua with a weak bladder peeing all over Watson's face for a whole minute, and it doesn't get much better than that. Only a kind of car crash fascination keeps you viewing. Still, at least Dana Gillespie's astonishing cleavage briefly offers some breathtaking scenery.

Curiously the film exists in two separate cuts on the original UK DVD release, the first the uncut version in non-anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen, the second a re-edited and badly cropped fullframe version that is ten minutes shorter, which at least reduces the time you'll waste watching it, though Ms Gillespie's parts have borne the brunt of the cuts. CDA's DVD also includes an interview with the director and re-edited trailer.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Botch Job!, 22 Sept. 2004
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This is one of my favourite films so I was really looking forward to it's release on DVD. I'm not overly bothered about extras when a film makes it's debut on this format but I like to have a pristine version of the film. Unfortunately one of the best scenes in the film - when Holmes visits his mother - has been truncated. All the priceless dialogue between Holmes and his mother has been lost. The scene fades out just after the line "Don't mention death infront of Iris!". So we lose all the stuff about Mrs Holmes health, the visit by her brother Bernard, her row with Mrs Brett and her stroke!
The company that put this out should be ashamed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cook and Moore and More, 25 April 2014
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Anyone who enjoyed the slightly off the wall humour of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore will love this movie Arthur Conen Doyle it certainly isn't , but anarchic and crazy it certainly is. One legged Bow Street Runners are exactly historical accurate but maybe they should be ! I loved it
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Silly Film, 11 Jan. 2006
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f eastwood (wakefield, yorkshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
Just so camp and silly, some people might not get it but for those who do, what a joy.
Cast includes apart from Pete and Dudley - Kenneth Williams, Terry Thomas, Denholme Elliot, Max Wall, Irene Handel, Roy Kinnear, Joan Greenwood, Spike Milligan, Penelope Keith.
The cast must have had tremendous fun making this ridiculous version of 'The Hound'.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty funny, twisted britcom from Pete and Dud., 13 Jun. 2000
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Peter Cook and Dudley Moore's The Hound of the Baskervilles is a rather marvellous comedy, all in all. Written by Cook, it sticks mainly to the plot of the sherlock holmes original, and is full of amusing sight gags, ridiculous dialogue and a fair few funny walks too. Probably not as good as anything the pair produced as Derek and Clive, this is still damn fine entertainment.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars msjessel needs to view the special features, 26 April 2005
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brainwhistle "brainwhistle" (Westlake Village, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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the P&S version is certainly a hack job; luckily, the
widescreen version (accessible as the 'original theatrical
release in glorious mono') is both widescreen and has the
missing part of the holmes-with-his-mother scene
it could of course have been better, given the list of
characters involved, but it is certainly a fun romp
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hound Of The Baskervilles [1977] [DVD], 18 May 2010
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The Hound Of The Baskervilles [1977] [DVD]

The Hound Of The Baskervilles x 2 ...70 minutes version cut ..and
the 81 minutes verion not cut .. in special Fearures

REview only for the DVD Release . by Studio: Prism Leisure Corporation .

on this dvd you have two versions of the same movie
first version runtime 70 minutes with cut's from scene where homes visits his mother . some scene are cut . The scene fades out just after his mother say's "Don't mention death infront of Iris!. why the scene was cut is anyone's guess ????..

special Fearures
Trailer
cast Biographies
Directors Interview &
The Hound Of The Baskervilles .again only this version in special Fearures
is the the original theatrical Feature runtime 81 minutes and the scene where homes visits his mother is not cut at all . so if your looking for that missing scenes .. play the original theatrical Feature The Hound Of The Baskervilles . from special Fearures and the scene where homes visits his mother is not cut at all

as for the movie i found the movie to be good funny in parts
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars, 12 Aug. 2014
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Poor direction with huge waste of talent. Don't waste your money.
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