Doctor Watson and the Darkwater Hall Mystery
|Doctor Watson and the Darkwater Hall Mystery|
|Written by||Kingsley Amis|
|Directed by||James Cellan Jones|
|Country of origin||UK|
|Running time||70 minutes|
|Original release||27 December 1974|
- Edward Fox - Dr. Watson
- Elaine Taylor - Emily
- Christopher Cazenove - Sir Harry
- Jeremy Clyde - Miles
- John Westbrook - Bradshaw
- Terence Bayler - Carlos
- Carmen Gómez - Dolores
- Anthony Langdon - Black Paul
Filmed at Stow-on-the-Wold, Watson was portrayed as competent and intelligent as opposed to the popular idea of a bumbling character as Nigel Bruce portrayed him in an earlier series of fourteen films. He is also portrayed as a virile womanizer as the character claims to be in The Sign of the Four.
The film references A Study in Scarlet, "The Adventure of Black Peter", "The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual" and "The Adventure of the Speckled Band". Fox would go on to play the character of Alistair Ross in another Sherlock Holmes pastiche, The Crucifer of Blood.
According to author Kingsley Amis, "the reviews were excellent." Alan Barnes calls the film "part-deconstruction, part-parody of Doyle" that "ends up resembling a long drawn-out shaggy dog story."
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- Haining, Peter (1994). The Television Sherlock Holmes. Virgin Books. p. 72. ISBN 0-86369-793-3.
- Eyles, Allen (1986). Sherlock Holmes: A Centenary Celebration. Harper & Row. p. 122. ISBN 0-06-015620-1.
- Barnes, Alan (2011). Sherlock Holmes on Screen. Titan Books. pp. 54–56. ISBN 9780857687760.
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