The Hound of London

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The Hound of London
Directed by Peter Reynolds-Long
Produced by Craig Bowlsby
Peter Reynolds-Long
Written by Characters:
Arthur Conan Doyle
Craig Bowlsby
Starring Patrick Macnee
Cinematography Gil Letourneau
Edited by Bridget Durnford
Release date
Country Luxembourg/Canada
Language English

The Hound of London is a television film directed by Peter Reynolds-Long and starring Patrick Macnee as Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes.


At the request of Inspector Lestrade (Colin Skinner), Sherlock Holmes (Patrick Macnee) investigates a double murder at the Strand Theatre, with the assistance of Dr John Watson (John Scott-Paget).



The screenplay was derived from a play written by Craig Bowlsby and first performed in September 1987 in Burnaby, British Columbia. For the film version, it was entirely recast with the exception of Colleen Bignell who played Irene Norton in the play and the Queen of Bohemia in the film.[1]

Patrick Macnee was cast as Sherlock Holmes. Previously, Macnee had portrayed Watson three times: once to Roger Moore's Sherlock Holmes in a 1976 TV movie, Sherlock Holmes in New York and twice with Christopher Lee (Incident at Victoria Falls and Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady). This film made Macnee only the fourth actor to have played both Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, joining Reginald Owen (Watson in the 1932 film Sherlock Holmes, and then Holmes in 1933's A Study in Scarlet),[2] Jeremy Brett (Watson on stage in The Crucifer of Blood and Holmes on television in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)[2] and Carleton Hobbs (who played both roles in British radio adaptations).[3]


Author Alan Bates claimed the film was "Cheap, nasty and painful to watch", and he described Macnee's Holmes as "a truly dreadful Holmes, wheezing out every line while resembling nothing less than an unshelled tortoise poured into a monkey suit."[1]


  1. ^ a b Barnes, Alan (2002). Sherlock Holmes on Screen. Reynolds & Hearn. p. 60. ISBN 1-903111-04-8. 
  2. ^ a b Barnes, Alan (2002). Sherlock Holmes on Screen. Reynolds & Hearn. p. 39. ISBN 1-903111-04-8. 
  3. ^ Eyles, Allen (1986). Sherlock Holmes: A Centenary Celebration. Harper & Row. p. 86. ISBN 0-06-015620-1. 

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