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The Hound of the Baskervilles

  • Drama
  • 1939
  • Sidney Lanfield
  • 76 mins
  • PG

Summary

Classic mystery starring Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce and Richard Greene. Legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes is asked to safeguard Sir Henry Baskerville, the heir to the Baskerville estate, who has arrived from Canada to live in the family home - an eerie mansion in a remote area of Dartmoor that is supposedly haunted by a ghostly hound.

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Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Sir Henry BaskervilleRichard Greene
Sherlock HolmesBasil Rathbone
Beryl StapletonWendy Barrie
Dr WatsonNigel Bruce
Dr James Mortimer Lionel Atwill
BarrymanJohn Carradine
FranklandBarlowe Borland
Mrs Jenifer MortimerBeryl Mercer
John StapletonMorton Lowry
Sir Hugo BaskervilleRalph Forbes
CabbyE E Clive
Mrs BarrymanEily Malyon
ConvictNigel de Brulier
Mrs HudsonMary Gordon

Crew

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DirectorSidney Lanfield
DirectorAlfred Werker

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Formats
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