.... Sometimes Sherlock Holmes is considered a rather emotionless fellow; but Doyle's "Speckled Band" story disproves that misconception, exposing the character's sense of humor, contempt for all that is evil and even his caring side. Naturally, Brett portrayal Sherlock Holmes extremely well on all counts and David Burke shows why he is one of the all-time best screen incarnations of Dr. Watson. The members of the supporting cast are hit and miss: the otherwise dependable Jeremy Kemp overplays his role of Dr. Roylott while the gorgeous Rosalyn Landor is wonderfully cast as the frightened delicate flower Helen Stoner.
As is the case with the majority of the Granada Holmes series, "The Speckled Band" is faithful to the original story. The largely introverted original story is well adapted for the screen as far as dialogue is concerned; however, it does lack the same energy of Doyle's printed tale. The episode is very well filmed with very good cinematography and camera work - still, Freddie Young spoiled us with his brilliant black-and-white photography seen in the 1931 Raymond Massey-starred "The Speckled Band."
This adaptation of "The Speckled Band" does the story justice and is easily one of the better episodes of the Granada Sherlock Holmes series.