Other Sellers on Amazon
+ £1.26 UK delivery
+ £1.26 UK delivery
The Hound Of The Baskervilles  [DVD]
Get £1 Off Amazon Video*
Frequently Bought Together
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Dudley Moore, Peter Cook, Kenneth Williams "The Hound Of The Baskervilles" as you've never seen it before. Peter Cook and Dudley Moore (Sherlock Holmes and Dr. 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 moor? 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 questioins, 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. Special Features Star Biographies Trailer
It could have been a stroke of genius reuniting Peter Cooke and Dudley Moore in a send-up of The Hound of the Baskervilles. In the event, director Paul Morrissey goes for Carry On-style humour: plenty of coarse word-play and camp innuendo, but little wit or subtlety. Cooke is a rather androgynous Sherlock Holmes, while Moore inexplicably attempts a Welsh accent to portray Dr Watson (his cameo as Holmes' mother is far less contrived). The support cast is a compendium of British comedy acting of the period--all now departed, and clearly relishing the one-liners and musical-hall farce. There are excellent contributions from Max Wall, Joan Greenwood (priceless in the seduction scene), and--in one of his last major screen appearances--Terry Thomas, as well as a winning "madame" from Penelope Keith. Don't expect even a free adaptation of Conan Doyle's novel, just let the humour take its enjoyably silly course.
On the DVD: The Hound of the Baskervilles film reproduces very decently in the 4:3 aspect ratio, with stereo sound that's not too artificial in effect. Special features consist of nine biographical overviews, the re-release trailer, and a six-minute interview with director Morrissey. Die-hard fans of "Pete and Dud" will most welcome the inclusion of the original theatrical feature, playing for almost 80 minutes and featuring extra footage of Moore's wonderfully inept piano playing. --Richard WhitehouseSee all Product Description
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
The company that put this out should be ashamed.
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'.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful film but DVD was faulty. Pleased I still have it on video.Published 8 months ago by fendom
Slapstick whacky loud humour. I felt belonged to the era it was madePublished 15 months ago by Heather
Oh my god this film is completely nutty, typical Peter Cooke and Dudley Moore, funny in some ways, but the piano in the background gets on your nerves.Published 16 months ago by Denise Honeyball
Loved it! Another brilliant bit of acting from Dudley Moore in several parts along with Peter Cook, and a a host of supporting stars, not to be missed.Published 16 months ago by Blue Lu