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The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)

Approved  |   |  Mystery, Thriller  |  31 March 1939 (USA)
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Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson investigate the legend of a supernatural hound, a beast that may be stalking a young heir on the fog-shrouded moorland that makes up his estate.

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On his uncle's death Sir Henry Baskerville returns from abroad and opens up the ancestral hall on the desolate moors of Devonshire. Holmes uncovers a plot to have Sir Henry murdered by a terrible trained hound. First casting of Rathbone and Bruce as Holmes and Watson. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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In the original novel, and in all later film versions, the butler is named Barrymore. In the 1939 version, this had to be changed to Barryman because the famous Barrymore family was still acting in films. See more »

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After Holmes and Mortimer sit, Holmes has his pipe in his right hand in his lap, then in his left hand raised. See more »

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James Mortimer, M.D.: Mr. Holmes, you're the one man in all England who can help me... I am in mortal fear that Sir Henry's life will be snuffed out.
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Excellent adaptation
19 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am a huge fan of all the Rathbone/Bruce movies, but this is the best of them all. The atmosphere and lighting casts the perfect mood for the dark, creepy moor where strange goings on interest Holmes and Watson to help the young heir of Baskerville Hall. All the actors do an excellent job, and the movie, filmed some 60 years go does not seem dated. The writing, directing, acting, etc all stand up, even now, some years later. I also liked the 1959 Hammer Version of this story, but Peter Cushing is not the perfect Sherlock Holmes. Basil Rathbone is the definitive Holmes as Nigel Bruce is the perfect Dr. Watson. Watch this sometime soon and enjoy!!!


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