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Ernest Pascal (screenplay)
Arthur Conan Doyle (novel)
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Release Date:
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 | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #5037)
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Watson's revolver in this film is easily identifiable as a Colt Single Action Army, aka the Peacemaker, widely identified with the American "Wild West." However, over 5300 of these were sold in England through Colt's Pall Mall agent between 1874 and 1912, and were chambered in nearly every caliber approved by the British Army. Since officers (like Watson) purchased their own sidearms, this is, somewhat counter-intuitively, one of the more realistic choices made by a film maker of what Watson's service revolver might have actually been.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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16 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
An excellent take on the classic Doyle story, 2 February 2005
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

This classic take on Arthur Conan Doyle's classic novel is a fantastic thriller. Although I prefer the Hammer Horror version, this one is a more than worthy second. The story will be familiar to most people that know anything about classic literature, and it features a family that have been cursed by a mythical hound, due to an ancestor's actions years earlier. After the death of his uncle, Sir Henry Baskerville moves into Baskerville Hall, which is located on the Moors in Dartford, and claims his family fortune. However, the hound may still be a large and Sir Henry's life may be at stake. Enter ace detective Sherlock Holmes. Hired by the doctor and friend of the family, Sherlock sends his assistant, Dr Watson, down to Dartmoor to investigate the goings on down there while he attends to some other business back in London. What follows is an exceptional exhibition of atmosphere, mystery and tension as the enigma of the hound of the Baskervilles unfolds in front of the audience's eyes!

The Moors serve as an excellent setting for a story like this. As the film is keen to profess, it's location is as rich in life as the story itself and that's what makes the Moors all important for the film's story. The Moors are also extremely atmospheric, with it's many pitfalls creating a foreboding atmosphere and the smoke that protrudes from it's many pores helping to make the horror elements more potent within the story. Sherlock Holmes is, of course, one of the best and most important characters ever written and Basil Rathbone portrays him excellently in this film. It's a great honour for an actor to be given the role of this magnitude, and Rathbone makes Doyle proud. The story is constantly intriguing thanks to the interesting characters, and also due to the fact that the story is very well paced. This makes the film a pleasure to view, as the audience is constantly kept on the edge of their seats for the duration, and that's the sort of reaction that you want when watching a mystery thriller.

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