Saturday, September 25, 2021

Video - Boris Karloff in 'Sting of Death' (1955)

Were you aware that Boris Karloff once played Sherlock Holmes? Well, he certainly did, as the script for this television adaptation of Gerald Heard's 1941 mystery novel 'A Taste of Honey' makes perfectly plain without ever using that famous name. Mr. Mycroft (wink, wink) is an older, retired gentleman living in a small English village raising bees (nudge, nudge) who realizes that not all is good with a neighboring beekeeper. In fact, he suspects him of being a murderer! Enter the fussy honey devotee Mr. Silchester and Mr. Mycroft realizes he will have to handle things in his customary fashion - outside the law. 

Of course, this is a very set bound production made with little money and obvious false backdrops but the actors are wonderful and the story is quite satisfying. I recommend checking it out! 

1 comment:

Randall Landers said...

I just watched this on YouTube. Really a good show! Love how Karloff introduces himself as "Mycroft" with enough hedging to let us know he's Sherlock Holmes.

Very interesting story, and amazed at the ending. Sherlock can be a little ruthless!