The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Sidney Lanfield (1939)

76min
A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This chilling joy must be the classiest Sherlock Holmes movie in the B-picture canon, even if Nigel Bruce's Watson is left spluttering behind Basil Rathbone's superb Holmes. The moors are scarved in fog as the intrepid sleuths follow the paw-prints of an enormous beast that's threatening the last of the Baskerville line. The supporting cast includes horror film stalwarts Lionel Atwill and John Carradine, whose presence helps to maintain the suitably macabre atmosphere. Surprisingly, for 1939, Holmes's final words are: "Quick, Watson, the needle!" - a reference to his drug addiction, but audiences of the time scarcely knew that. They must have thought he'd taken up sewing.

Summary

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson investigate claims that the last remaining member of the aristocratic Baskerville family is being persecuted by a monstrous spectral hound roaming the remote Devon moors. Mystery, starring Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Richard Greene and Lionel Atwill.

Cast & Crew

Sir Henry Baskerville Richard Greene
Sherlock Holmes Basil Rathbone
Beryl Stapleton Wendy Barrie
Dr Watson Nigel Bruce
Dr James Mortimer Lionel Atwill
Barryman John Carradine
Frankland Barlowe Borland
Mrs Jenifer Mortimer Beryl Mercer
John Stapleton Morton Lowry
Sir Hugo Baskerville Ralph Forbes
Cabby E E Clive
Mrs Barryman Eily Malyon
Convict Nigel de Brulier
Mrs Hudson Mary Gordon
Director Sidney Lanfield
Director Alfred Werker
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama