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The Hound of the Baskervilles

  • Horror
  • Mystery
  • 1959
  • Terence Fisher
  • 84 mins
  • PG

Summary

Darkly gothic Hammer version of the classic Sherlock Holmes mystery, starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and André Morell. For 200 years the Baskerville lords have died horribly - ripped to death by a ghostly hound on mist-shrouded Dartmoor. Sir Henry Baskerville is the last of the line and his friend Dr Mortimer believes there is only one man who can save him from the "Baskerville Curse" - the world's greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

In this atmospheric tour de force, Hammer horror and the fabulous logic of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle prove the perfect match in what was the first Sherlock Holmes adventure after the Universal series featuring Basil Rathbone ended in 1946 with Dressed to Kill, and also the first in colour. Director Terence Fisher (who was behind the camera for Hammer's revival of classic Universal monsters such as Frankenstein, Dracula and the Mummy) weaves a darkly romantic gothic spell around the dreaded hound from hell that stalks the foggy moors on the lookout for members of the cursed Baskerville family. Peter Cushing gives one of his finest ever performances as the unflappable Baker Street sleuth, and he has fantastic support from André Morell as Dr Watson and Christopher Lee, who's on top haunted form as Sir Henry.

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Credits

Cast

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Sherlock HolmesPeter Cushing
Dr WatsonAndré Morell
Sir HenryChristopher Lee
CecileMarla Landi
StapletonEwen Solon
Dr MortimerFrancis De Wolff
Bishop FranklandMiles Malleson
BarrymoreJohn Le Mesurier
Sir Hugo BaskervilleDavid Oxley

Crew

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DirectorTerence Fisher

Details

Released on
1959-05-04
Languages
English | Spanish
Guidance
Edited for violence
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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