The Hound of the Baskervilles (1978)

UK,
85m
35mm film, Technovision, Technicolor, 2.35:1
mono, English

A British comedy film directed by Paul Morrissey. In 1980, the film was re-edited for its US release and was substantially altered again in 1998 with several scenes cut and the score entirely re-recorded.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Paul Morrissey
© Michael White MCMLXXXVII [1977]
Michael White and Andrew Braunsberg present. Made by Michael White Ltd.
Executive Producers: Michael White & Andrew Braunsberg
Produced by: John Goldstone
Associate Producer: Tim Hampton
Screenplay by: Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Paul Morrissey
Based on the Novel by: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Directors of Photography: Dick Bush, John Wilcox
Editors: Richard Marden, Glenn Hyde
Music by: Dudley Moore
Sound Recordists: Brian Simmons, George Stephenson
Costume Designer: Charles Knode
Make-Up Artists: Robin Grantham, Paul Engelen
Hairdressers: Colin Jamison, Jan Jamison
Special Effects Supervisor: Ian Wingrove
Production Designer: Roy Smith
Made on location and at Bray Film Studios, Windsor

New version
© 1998 Orange Bay Limited
Executive Producer: David Willing
Editor: Ben Friend

Cast
Peter Cook as
Dudley Moore as Doctor Watson
Denholm Elliott as John Stapleton
Joan Greenwood as Beryl Stapleton
Hugh Griffith as Frankland
Irene Handl as Mrs Barrymore
Terry-Thomas as Dr Mortimer
Max Wall as Arthur Barrymore
Kenneth Williams as Sir Henry Baskerville
Roy Kinnear (Seldon the axe murderer)
Dana Gillespie (Mary [Frankland])
Lucy Griffiths [also credited on-screen as Lucy Griffith] (Iris)
Penelope Keith (massage receptionist)
Jessie Matthews (Mrs Tinsdale)
Prunella Scales (Glynis)
Josephine Tewson (nun)
Rita Webb (masseuse)
with a fleeting appearance from Spike Milligan (policeman)
Molly Maureen (Mrs Oviatt)
Helena McCarthy (Enid)

Alternative Titles

Il cagnaccio dei Baskervilles – Italy
Der Hund von Baskerville – West Germany
El sabueso de los Baskerville – Venezuela
Ulvova koira – Finland

Press

1979
Cinefantastique vol.9 no.2 (Winter 1979) p.33
It just isn't very funny. It is silly however, almost embarrassingly so, for all involved, and that includes executive producer Michael White (Rocky Horror Picture Show), the comedy team of Dudley Moore and Peter Cook, who wrote as well as performed in this travesty, and director Paul Morrissey (Andy Warhol's Frankenstein & Dracula). But don't miss it! About fifty minutes into this plodding mess, out of nowhere comes the most brilliant, inspired and hilarious send-up of The Exorcist imaginable. It's so good, it makes all the other eighty odd minutes of boredom worth sitting through. – from an illustrated review by Frederick S. Clarke

References

Periodicals

  • Cinefantastique vol.9 no.2 (Winter 1979) p.33 – illustrated review (by Frederick S. Clarke)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin June 1978 pp.115?116 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Screen International 16 July 1977 p.8 – note
  • Screen International 1 October 1977 pp.6?7 – credits, review
  • Screen International 28 October 1978 p.25 – note
  • Variety 8 November 1978 – credits, review

Books

  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.322
  • Comedy-Horror Films: A Chronological History, 1914-2008 by Bruce G. Hallenbeck pp.218 – credits
  • Film Review 1979-1980 by F. Maurice Speed p.146
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.177