THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES
"Of the origin of the Hound of the Baskervilles there have been many statements..."
The Hound of the Baskervilles
Crew:
Muse Entertainment Enterprises
Writer: Joe Wiesenfeld
Producer: Irene Litinsky
Director: Rodney Gibbons
Director of Photography: Eric Cayla
Productions Designer: Jean Baptiste Tard
Costume Designer: Ren嶪 April
Casting: Andrea Kenyon


Cast:
Sherlock Holmes - Matt Frewer
Dr. Watson - Kenneth Welsh
Sir Henry Baskerville - Jason London
Dr. Mortimer - Gordon Masten
Jack Stapleton - Robin Wilcock
Beryl Stapleton - Emma Campbell
Barrymore - Arthur Holden
Frankland - John Dunn-Hill
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Kenneth Welsh!
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Kenneth Welsh as Watson and Matt Frewer as Holmes
On July 12, 2000, Muse Entertainment Enterprises announced their intention to produce a new $4.5 million version of the classic Sherlock Holmes tale The Hound of the Baskervilles for television. Muse Entertainment Enterprises Inc. is a Montreal based television and film production/distribution company established in June of 1998. By the end of 1999, Muse and its affiliates had co-produced or provided production services for 29 different projects including 23 television movies and miniseries, 4 feature films and 2 television series. The Hound of the Baskervilles was broadcast in the Fall of 2000 on CTV in Canada and the Odyssey Network in the US.
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This new production of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's tale of the spectral hound features 42 year old Matt Frewer (Filmography) as Sherlock Holmes.  Frewer is of course best known for his Max Headroom character in both a television program and long running cola commercials, but has also appeared in a number of feature films including Lawnmower Man 2 and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Born in Washington, D.C., Frewer lived in Victoria, British Columbia until the age of 15 and then relocated to northern Ontario. He spent eleven years in England studying at the Bristol
Old Vic Theatre School and the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain before moving on to various classical  and contemporary works on stage in London. At 6' 3" tall and with strong angular features, he appears to be well suited to the role of Sherlock Holmes. In commenting on the role, Frewer explained:
"It is really fun and challenging to play Holmes. The challenge is to keep a bubble of fun going, otherwise Holmes would become a different sort of character. Holmes has a rumpled charm; a Professor Higgins quality. It delights him that he is so clever and so far ahead of everyone. He has been played by so many actors in the past that the audience has certain expectations. After Ive met these expectations, I can fill in the rest of the character."
Playing Watson is Edmonton, Alberta born actor Kenneth Welsh (Filmography) . He is a staple of Canadian theatre and television. His portrayal of politician and killer Colin Thatcher, won him the 1990 Gemini Award (Canadian equivalent of the US Emmy Awards) for Best Actor in a dramatic mini-series. Welsh has received a total of 6 Gemini Awards, including the Earl Grey Award for Lifetime Achievement. He has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Alberta and is the recipient of the Gascon-Thomas Award from the National Theatre School of Canada. Among his more
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than 30 feature film appearances are Legends of the Fall, The Freshman, Crocodile Dundee II and The House on Carroll Street. American television viewers will also recall Welsh as Windom Earle in David Lynch's quirky series Twin Peaks. On the relationship between Holmes and Watson, Welsh says:
"Watson and Holmes complement each other. Watson looks with his eyes while Holmes looks with his mind."
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Appearing as the youthful Sir Henry Baskerville is 28 year old Jason London (Filmography). Among his credits is the title role in the recent television mini-seres Jason and the Argonauts as well as feature film roles in The Rage: Carrie 2 and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar.

But what of the hound, you ask? Well, it seems that a real German Shepherd by the name of Eno has received that choice part. We shall see just what it is that this dog gets up to in the night time...
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Filmed entirely in and around Montreal, this production had certain challenges to meet, namely in turning the charming streets of Old Montreal and the surrounding countryside into the familiar locations of 19th century England. Production designer, Jean-Baptiste Tard, working with a budget of $600, 000 had to not only recreate the Baker Street set, but also had to create a frontage for Baskerville Hall. The fa蓷de for Baskerville Hall is apparently an exact reproduction of the fa蓷de of a 400-year-old English manor house. The stone structure is 60 feet long and 32 feet high and took four weeks to complete.

Another challenge was to create a convincingly real moor setting. This included a 500 foot stone wall, that required the creation and placement of some 3000 'rocks' on location in Harrington, Quebec, located on the foothills of the Laurentian Mountains. Each 'rock' was made from Styrofoam, then coated with a layer of concrete, bits of fungus and moss and individually hand-painted. The bog, where the hound meets its fate, was created on location in Laval, Quebec. Regarding the production design, Mr. Tard states:
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"What I try to achieve in my work is an abundance and richness of detail. For Holmes residence, we searched for the exotic and funky because he was an eccentric Victorian."
For the tone of this production, it appears that the focus will be heavily on the supernatural. English born director Rodney Gibbons explains:
"This is the scariest Hound of the Baskervilles ever made! None of the many previous versions of The Hound of the Baskervilles has been very scary. We set out to exploit the thriller and supernatural aspects of this classic tale. In the original tale, Holmes, a man of reason, dismisses the hound early on and says that it is the work of a human agent and not the work of the devil, but Holmes' rational thinking holds readers back from believing in the hound. It prevents them from being swept up by the thrilling, supernatural possibilities. Viewers will believe that, perhaps, the hound is from hell, and we will take them on a spine-tingling enthralling ride.'
Although many Canadian actors (Raymond Massey and William Shatner come quickly to mind) and technicians have been involved in previous Holmes productions, this is the first to be wholly produced in this country. Based on the publicity information and the calibre of cast and crew, this looks to be a prestige production on all fronts and a long overdue Canadian addition to filmed versions of this Canonical tale.  Montreal is rapidly becoming a Canadian 'Hollywood' due to the versatility of locations as well as world class production facilities. The recent X-men film and the  television series The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne have made excellent use of both. The Hound of the Baskervilles was broadcast on Saturday October 28th on the CTV Network in Canada. The Odyssey Channel in the US scheduled their broadcast for Saturday October 21, 2000 at 8:00pm, ET/PT.

Many thanks to Betty Palik, Director Communications,
Muse Entertainment Enterprises and Melody Pierson, Idealist Communications Inc. for their assistance in making this page possible!
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For further information on this production, please visit Muse Entertainment Enterprises Inc.  here.
Click here for info on the second program - THE SIGN OF FOUR.
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here for info on the third program - THE ROYAL SCANDAL
Interviews with Matt Frewer and Rodney Gibbons, along with a full article on the Hound production appeared in Issue 40 of Scarlet Street Magazine .
Excerpts from an interview with Kenneth Welsh can  be viewed by clicking here
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A Thumbnail Review of the Hound
Sign of Four Page on this site!
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