The Manic Detective -
Matt Frewer as Sherlock Holmes

Matt Frewer plays Sherlock Holmes in four movies:

"The Hound of the Baskervilles", the original story "The Case of the Whitechapel Vampire", "The Royal Scandal" (based on the stories "A Scandal in Bohemia" and "The Bruce Partington Plans") and "The Sign of Four".

These films were produced for the Canadian broadcaster CTV and the American Hallmark Channel between 2000 and 2003.

They were directed by Rodney Gibbons and produced by Irene Litinsky.

The Main Actors

Matt Frewer's portrayal of Holmes varies greatly from movie to movie. Usually he exaggerates the mannerisms. Often he plays a hyperactive, nearly manic detective. I can't decide if he thinks this is necessary or if he simply follows the scripts.

Kenneth Welsh plays Holmes's partner in crime, Dr John Watson. His performance is steady. He has a calming influence opposite Frewer's sometimes hyperactive detective.

The Movies

Unfortunately, as mentioned in the opening credits for the films based on the original stories, the producers did not have the consent from the Literary Estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

For some movies in this series a veto by the administrator of the Conan Doyle Copyrights might have been very helpful.

The Hound of the Baskervilles

This film with the most famous hound in literature is very disappointing and you should avoid it. There are many better versions available.

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"The Hound of the Baskervilles"

The Sign of Four

This movie version of the second Sherlock Holmes novel is a rather good effort. Although Watson is sorely disappointed by Mary Morstan because she decides to leave with Thaddeus Sholto in the end.

The Case of the Whitechapel Vampire

The best film in the series is one with a non-canonical story.
The mystery tale of a vampire haunting the members of a monastery is engaging and very well produced.

The Royal Scandal

The actor who played the villain in "The Hound of the Baskervilles" appears as the crown prince asking for Holmes's help in retrieving a photograph from Irene Adler.
For my taste, Holmes shows a bit too much emotion in this movie.

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