Peter Cushing is a name synonymous with the Hammer horror films but there’s another role he made his own, that of the infamous Baker Street sleuth, Sherlock Holmes.
Taking over from Douglas Wilmer as Arthur Conan Doyle’s great detective, Cushing has done a fantastic job in the five surviving stories in this 3-disc set.
Sadly the other eleven stories (from this 1960’s TV series) were lost when the BBC purged a number of their archive prints in the 70’s.
The remaining tales kick off with A Study in Scarlet where the body of a man is found dead in a deserted run down house whilst The Boscombe Valley Mystery sees a son (perhaps wrongfully) accused of bludgeoning his father to death.
The most famous Sherlock Holmes tale of them all, The Hound of the Baskervilles is filmed over two-parts and captures the very essence of a nobleman threatened by a family curse on his newly inherited estate.
The Sign of Four and The Blue Carbuncle round off the disc set. The Sign of Four is the story of a woman who receives a series of valuable pearls from an unknown party following the disappearance of her father and The Blue Carbuncle is a search and recover mission of a lost or stolen gem belonging to Lady Morcar.
These famous tales get the royal treatment from Cushing and Nigel Stock as his famous sidekick Dr Watson. All the clichés are there from the pipe smoking and tweed to the Moors. This rendition may not push the boundaries like the modern day adaptations but there’s something comforting about watching THE classic whodunit.
Each disc contains a series of stills from the featured episodes.
|Actors||Peter Cushing, Nigel Stock|