Sleuth: Sherlock Holmes (Peter Cushing)
Sleuthing style: Bristling and brilliant.
Hammer Films director Terence Fisher teamed up with his Dracula stars Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee on the moors of Devon (okay, Chobham Common) for the daddy of all Sherlock Holmes yarns. If you’re not familiar, a savage canine is roaming Dartmoor and Holmes and Watson (André Morell) are charged with finding out who it will kill next and why it’s probably the heir to a huge country pile (Lee). It’s basically Scooby-Doo, only the Great Dane is the bad guy. Cushing’s Holmes is a feisty, sophisticated version of Conan-Doyle’s creation and Morell’s Watson is at the less fuddy-duddyish end of the sidekick spectrum, as the pair sift through the red herrings galore. The results are deeply moor-ish.