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The Hound of the Baskervilles (1978)

A Sherlock Holmes spoof about a family that has been haunted for years by the curse of a horrible hound.



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Henry Woolf ...
Mrs. Tinsdale
Lucy Griffiths ...
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A Sherlock Holmes spoof about a family that has been haunted for years by the curse of a horrible hound.

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November 1980 (USA)  »

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Actor-comedian Dudley Moore portrayed four acting roles in this film. These were as Dr. Watson, Mrs. Ada Holmes, Mr. Spiggot and a piano player. See more »


[first lines]
Nun: Monsieur le Doctor Watson, what is keeping Monsieur Holmes so long?
Doctor Watson: Oh, reassurez-vous yourselves sisters, your holy relic will be with you momentarily.
Nun: But we have been waiting almost one hour!
Doctor Watson: Mr. Holmes is a very busy man sister. Monsieur Holmes is an, erm, tres occupée sister.
Nun: But tomorrow is the festival of St Beryl, already thousands of blind cripples are flocking to the chapel hoping to kiss the relic. In the name of all the flocking blind cripples, I beseech you...
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Version of Der Hund von Baskerville (1914) See more »


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Music by John Churston (pseudonym of H.M. Farrar)
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fairly lousy comedy
4 March 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A misguided attempt to present a comic parody of the Conan Doyle tale, with Peter Cook as Sherlock Holmes and Dudley Moore as Dr Watson. Moore also plays Holmes' mother (!) and in this guise, is possibly the best thing in the film. Otherwise there is a spoof of the spinning head in The Exorcist, Denholm Elliot and a constantly urinating dog, and lame excuses for ‘jokes' and ‘funny situations' which really – aren't.

Although it has one or two moments which provoke a smile, the original source material isn't such that it survives being tweaked to this extent. Perhaps not the point, but the rest of the inspiration for this turkey must have been written on the back of a postage stamp. Skip this and watch Bedazzled and Not Only … But Also instead.

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