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The Hound of the Baskervilles

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

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.

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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

Details

Language
English
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
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