Cushing/Morrell Are Holmes/Watson in Hound Of The Baskervilles (1959)
Covered at Greenbriar before, but seen again
thanks to Netflix HD, thought focused this time on dream teaming of Cushing's
Holmes with Andre Morrell's Dr. Watson. Oh, for continuation of this parlay and
regret that Hound would prove a one-off, Sherlock Holmes and Hammer being made
for each other, as were Cushing and Morrell in co-star mode. That was even
better demonstrated in the couple years' later Cash On Demand, released on DVD
since last I saw Hound and making me all more appreciative of how effective these
players were in tandem. Cushing was himself a Holmes devotee, having a
personal library of Strand magazines wherein SH stories first appeared, and
Morrell said later that he avoided seeing Nigel Bruce's rendition of Watson so
as not to overlap buffoonery of that actor's interpret (but wouldn't watching
Bruce have only stiffened Morrell's resolve not to duplicate the comic turn?).
The Hound itself was a gentle pet, says Chris Lee and others, masked to look a
fright, and not disposed to ferocity, so Baskerville's pay-off is anything but,
though for all of atmosphere leading to it, who'd complain?