Directed by Tim Sullivan
Teleplay by Jeremy Paul,
based on the original tale "The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire", by
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes
Edward Hardwicke as Doctor Watson
Roy Marsden as John St. Claire
Keith Barron as Bob Ferguson
Yolanda Vazquez as
Mrs. Carlotta Ferguson
Maurice Denham as Reverend Augustus Merridew
Dempsey as Jack Ferguson
Juliet Aubrey as Dolores, Mrs. Ferguson's Maid
Jason Hetherington as Michael Mason
Elizabeth Spriggs as Mrs. Mason, Ferguson's
Peter Geddis as Mr. Gresty, Tavern Owner
Kate Lansbury as Mrs. Gresty
Maria Redmond as Vera Gresty
Freddie Jones as Pedlar
Hilary Mason as Miss
Stephen Tomlin as P.C. Ware
Eileen O'Brien as Mrs. Carter
Andrew Abrahams as Mr. Carter, Blacksmith
Marcello Marascalchi as Tom Carter
Paul Parris as Albert, the page boy
Anthony Price as Recardo Ferguson, the
Thsi 90 minute production was based on one of Holmes
briefer mysteries; if they'd stuck to that story, we'd have had a fine one-hour
mystery; most of the weaknesses are due to the need to pad out the story for a
TV movie slot. A mistake.
As always, in this Granada series, the production
is of quality; the cast, too are good, with a winning team in Brett and Hardewicke.
Supporting cast are excellent; the Venezualan wife does retain that air of mystery,
and Richard Dempsey carries just enough potential evil to keep us guessing.
the screenplay is overstretching the material too much; the direction is a little
slack, and the editing is too gentle; I'd guess that even the extended script
was not long enough to allow some judicial snipping.
It isn't all bad; I
quite enjoyed it, right up to the end - it just is not a Sherlock Holmes mystery.
The original ending is there, but wrapped in layers of complications that Mr Holmes
would have cut through in seconds