The Hound of London
|The Hound of London|
|Directed by||Peter Reynolds-Long|
|Produced by||Craig Bowlsby
Arthur Conan Doyle
|Edited by||Bridget Durnford|
- Patrick Macnee – Sherlock Holmes
- John Scott-Paget – Dr. John H. Watson
- Colin Skinner – Inspector Lestrade
- Jack Macreath – Moriarty
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.
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), Jeremy Brett (Watson on stage in The Crucifer of Blood and Holmes on television in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes) and Carleton Hobbs (who played both roles in British radio adaptations).
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."