The Masks of Death (1984)

UK, 1984
35mm film, colour, 4:3
mono, English

A British borderline horror television film directed by Roy Ward Baker.

Plot Summary

comes out of retirement to investigate a series of mysterious murders. He's also hired by Graf Udo Von Felseck to find a missing young prince whose abduction could spark war in Europe.


Directed by: Roy Ward Baker
Tyburn Film Productions Limited
Executive Producers: Kevin Francis
Producers: Norman Priggen
Production Manager: Clifton Brandon
Written by: N.J. Crisp
Story: John Elder [real name: Anthony Hinds]
Characters: Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle
Director of Photography: Brendan J. Stafford
Editor: Christopher Barnes
Music: Malcolm Williamson
Sound Recordist: Danny Daniel
Costume Designer: Anthony Mendleson
Make-up: Roy Ashton, Ernest Gasser
Hairdresser: Mark Nelson, Mary Sturgess
Art Director: Geoffrey Tozer

Peter Cushing (Sherlock Holmes)
John Mills (Doctor Watson)
Anne Baxter (Irene Adler)
Ray Milland (home secretary)
Anton Diffring (Graf Udo Von Felseck)
Gordon Jackson (Alec MacDonald)
Susan Penhaligon (Miss Derwent)
Marcus Gilbert (Anton Von Felseck)
Jenny Laird (Mrs Hudson)
Russell Hunter (Alfred Coombs)
James Cossins (Frederick Baines)
Eric Dodson (Lord Claremont)
Georgina Coombs (Lady Claremont)
James Head (chauffeur)
Dominic Murphy (boot boy)



  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.278
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.450