|The Hound of the Baskervilles|
Arthur Conan Doyle
Robert E. Thompson
|Directed by||Barry Crane|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producers||Richard Irving|
Arthur Hilton (associate producer)
|Cinematography||Harry L. Wolf|
|Running time||74 minutes|
|Production company||Universal Television|
|Original release||February 12, 1972|
The Hound of the Baskervilles is a 1972 American made-for-television mystery film directed by Barry Crane and starring Stewart Granger as Sherlock Holmes and Bernard Fox as Doctor Watson. The movie is based on Arthur Conan Doyle's 1902 Sherlock Holmes novel The Hound of the Baskervilles.
The Hound of the Baskervilles was the first American color version of the tale, and was produced by ABC-TV for their ABC Movie of the Week. The production was one of three pilots for a series of television movies featuring literary sleuths with the others being Nick Carter and Hildegarde Withers. The production utilized sets from other productions, mainly horror films.
The ratings were poor and reviews were bad which caused the proposed series of tele-films to be shelved.
The Los Angeles Times called it "laborious, talky, often poorly staged and it suffers intermittently with show and tell direction" although it thought Granger and Fox were "quite acceptable" in their roles.