The Case of the Cunningham Heritage.

#1 by Robert Crewdson ( deleted ) , Sun Aug 30, 2015 11:42 pm

I regard this as one of the gems of my collection. It was one of the first films I bought in 16mm. It's the pilot episode of a TV series starring Ronald Howard (son of Leslie Howard) and H. Marion Crawford. Made in 1954 by American producer Sheldon Reynolds, it was filmed in France using British, American and French actors. They did a great job, even though it was made on a shoestring budget. The series was never shown in England. The first series ran to 39 episodes, and a second was planned but never came about. Most of the stories were especially written, but 6 were based on stories by Conan Doyle ; 'The Greek Interpreter' became 'The French Interpreter', another Conan Doyle story is 'The Red Headed League'. The Holmes officianados don't like them because they are not mostly originals, but they are popular with others. I got this from someone who had bought Holmes films at an auction in London, but didn't own a projector. I found there was an auction at Christies in 2006 and this title, plus 2 others from the series were sold, plus some 35mm prints, only realising about £179 for the whole collection. In the late 60s, at least 2 of the titles, including this one were put out on 8mm by Heritage Films.

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RE: The Case of the Cunningham Heritage.

#2 by Clyde Miles , Sun Aug 30, 2015 11:53 pm

nice to have that on 16mm robert, quite rare

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RE: The Case of the Cunningham Heritage.

#3 by Timothy Duncan ( deleted ) , Mon Aug 31, 2015 4:01 am

When did you begin collecting 16mm Robert? As always, thank you for posting the screenshots.

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RE: The Case of the Cunningham Heritage.

#4 by Panayotis A. Carayannis ( deleted ) , Mon Aug 31, 2015 9:02 am

Three titles were released in Standard 8 complete with all the credits by Heritage.

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RE: The Case of the Cunningham Heritage.

#5 by Robert Crewdson ( deleted ) , Mon Aug 31, 2015 10:29 am

Timothy, I started collecting 16mm at the end of 2007.

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RE: The Case of the Cunningham Heritage.

#6 by Steve Carter ( deleted ) , Sat Sep 19, 2015 9:47 pm

I have the complete series of this, all from 16mm TV source, nice to see Archie Duncan out of Lincoln Green, and Howard Marion-Crawford as
Dr. Watson, I was watching a BBC 2 Trade Test film the other day about London's Country, and Howard Marion-Crawford was the narrator.
Here's a link to the film on You-Tube.
London's Country

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RE: The Case of the Cunningham Heritage.

#7 by David Hardy ( deleted ) , Sun Sep 20, 2015 11:11 am

I still have an 8mm Heritage film catalogue that has these titles listed.

David Hardy

RE: The Case of the Cunningham Heritage.

#8 by Hugh Thompson Scott ( deleted ) , Sun Sep 20, 2015 12:40 pm

Derann used to have them in their 8mm library, little known titles everywhere else, but were a mainstay of many of the film hire

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