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31 March 1939 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Sidney Lanfield 
Writing credits
Ernest Pascal (screenplay)

Arthur Conan Doyle (novel "The Hound of the Baskervilles") (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

Produced by
Gene Markey .... associate producer
Darryl F. Zanuck .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
David Buttolph (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell (uncredited)
Cyril J. Mockridge (uncredited)
David Raksin (uncredited)
Cinematography by
J. Peverell Marley (photography) (as Peverell Marley)
Film Editing by
Robert L. Simpson  (as Robert Simpson)
Art Direction by
Richard Day 
Hans Peters 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
Costume Design by
Gwen Wakeling 
Production Management
Darryl F. Zanuck .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gene Bryant .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
W.D. Flick .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
Music Department
Cyril J. Mockridge .... musical director
Other crew
Harold Lloyd Morris .... technical advisor (uncredited)
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80 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Finland:K-7 (2013) | Finland:K-16 (1939) | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1939) | Norway:16 | UK:PG | USA:Approved (certificate #5037)
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Lionel Atwill, who plays James Mortimer in the film, later played Prof. Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1942).See more »
Continuity: When Mortimer says "not a soul would have believed it" his left hand is not on his stick, but it is immediately after.See more »
[last lines]
Sherlock Holmes:Oh, Watson - the needle!
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Referenced in The Scarlet Claw (1944)See more »


The Hound---Where Did it Come From?
Denis Conan Doyle---Did Rathbone & Bruce Meet Him?
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14 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
The Game's Afoot, 8 July 2004
Author: Ron Oliver ( from Forest Ranch, CA

The world's most famous amateur detective tracks THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, a notorious demonic fiend intent on destroying the last descendent of an ancient family.

20th Century Fox brought Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic tale to vivid life in this excellent mystery thriller. Whether the setting is Baker Street's cozy study, the foggy lanes of London, or Dartmoor's moody wastes, the concise direction and superior production values transports the viewer into the world of Queen Victoria's 1880's. Sir Arthur's original story is altered somewhat to meet the requirements of the cinema, abbreviated in spots and fleshed-out in others, but this happens to nearly all literature when translated to the screen and does not diminish the enjoyment a whit.

This was the first of what was to become fourteen films, the only American-made movie series based on Holmes' adventures. Basil Rathbone as Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson would become forever identified with the roles and they were perfect: Rathbone with his aquiline features and haughty aristocratic mien, the absolute embodiment of a supreme intelligence; and Bruce, bumbling & pudgy, but intensely loyal and good-natured (and also cognizant of the fact that a little comic relief would help him hold his own in scenes with Rathbone).

Richard Greene, who actually receives screen credit above that of Rathbone, makes a stalwart young hero--the returning heir whose life is placed in danger by the devilish Hound. The rest of the cast is also most proficient, especially sinister actors Lionel Atwill & John Carradine (as the Baskerville lawyer & butler, respectively). Beryl Mercer plays Atwill's spooky little spouse and Eily Malyon, as Carradine's wife, is quite effective as a woman with secrets to hide.

Pretty Wendy Barrie, and Morton Lowry as her naturalist brother, portray Baskerville's neighbors on the moor, while old Barlowe Boyland provides some humorous moments as a highly litigious rascal.

Smaller roles are equally well filled: Mary Gordon is perfectly cast as a grandmotherly Mrs. Hudson; E.E. Clive as a London cabby with surprising information; gaunt silent screen actor Nigel De Brulier as a fugitive convict; and, in a flashback, Ralph Forbes as the infamous Sir Hugo, the first Baskerville to meet the Hound.

The climactic attack by the implacable Hound is presented with real menace & suspense and the satisfied viewer is left ready for the next film in the series which would be THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (1939).

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