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Sherlock Holmes: Silver Blaze
This was a one-off production by by HTV in 1977, one episode in a series called Classics Dark and Dangerous. At only thirty minutes it's a slimmed-down version of the story, reasonably fast-moving and quite light on dialogue: a deliberate attempt to break away from the old Sunday Classic Serial approach.
For such a small-scale show the casting was starry. This was Christopher Plummer's first appearance as Holmes, a part he would very shortly play again to great acclaim in the movie Murder by Decree.
The cast is:
Sherlock Holmes - Christopher Plummer
Dr Watson - Thorley Walters
Colonel Ross - Basil Henson
Insp Gregory - Gary Watson
Straker - Richard Beale
Fitzroy-Simpson - Donald Burton
Silas Brown - Barry Linehan
Mrs Straker - Josie Kidd
Edith - Julia Chambers
Script by Julian Bond
Produced by William Deneen
A joint production by Harlech TV & OEGA, Toronto
Transmitted Sunday November 27th 1977.
PLEASE NOTE: the technical quality quality of this is not very good: it's taken from what I think is a second-generation VHS dub. But it is perfectly watchable and might be of interest to Holmes fans. It is something of a rarity.
Length 30 mins
video data rate 773kbps
audio: 48000Hz stereo, data rate 160bps
Sorry in advance for the slow upload rate. I'm trying to improve things but it's not proving easy.
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