Frederick Lloyd is another of the many single performance Doctor Watsons. His single outing as Watson was opposite Robert Rendel as Holmes in the 1932 Gainsborough Pictures production of “The Hound of the Baskervilles”. I have to say that I have never seen this film as only one complete copy is known to exist. It seems that the film, less the soundtrack, was in existence but no one knew where the soundtrack was. The soundtrack was later discovered and remarried to the print. The sole copy was presented by the Sherlock Holmes Society of London and is not available (to my knowledge) anywhere. The film did not get rave reviews which probably accounts for its disappearance from the commercial market. I would love to have a copy just to add to my collection of other “Hound” movies.
The reviews of Frederick Lloyd as Watson were actually good. Lloyd was another theater actor who made the transition from stage to silent movies and on to the talkies. He was born in London 15 January 1880 and by 1907 was an accomplished stage performer appearing in “Captain Brassbound’s Conversion”. In 1911 he made the move to silent film, making him among the earliest actors in the new commercial movie industry. He continued his mix of stage and film acting into the 1930’s but appears to have gone almost completely to movies after that time. Frederick Lloyd appeared in 29 films including the” Hound of the Baskervilles” and his last film “Oliver Twist”, which was made just a year before his death in 1949. Most of the roles he played in the movies tended to be army officers or English gentlemen. I have as yet been unable to obtain a still photograph of Frederick Lloyd so if anyone has a copy please let me know so I can add it to the collection. Proper credit will be given.
Frederick Lloyd died 24 November 1949 in Hove, England. From 1911 to 1922 he was married to actress Auriol Lee.
I believe that the Sherlock Holmes Society of London has a moral obligation to make this film available to the Sherlockian world. The expense of converting a so-so 32mm original film onto a DVD should be minimal and compulsive collectors, such as I, would line-up to pay a reasonable (or even a slightly unreasonable) price. The copy, of course, must play in ALL the world’s regions.
Frank, in Baltimore, USA