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Ernest Pascal (screenplay)
Arthur Conan Doyle (novel)
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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 | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #5037)
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This was such a hit that Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce were hired to play Holmes and Watson on the radio series "The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes." This radio series consisted of new Sherlock Holmes stories written by Anthony Boucher and Denis Green.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 »
Dr. Watson:Then, why are we rushing up to London, leaving Sir Henry entirely alone and unprotected?
Sherlock Holmes:We're not, my dear Watson. We're just giving the impression of rushing up to London.
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22 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Watson Plays It Straight In This Series Opener, 28 October 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

Despite the famous title - perhaps the most famous of all the Sherlock Holmes stories - I found the movie to be just an average Holmes tale. It was entertaining and well-done but nothing spectacular. I am certain not knocking this film. I love these old Basil Rathbone-Nigel Bruce SH movies. An "average" Holmes film with these two guys still gets an 8-star rating!

This was the first pairing of the above-mentioned two actors and Bruce, as "Dr. Watson," was not the bumbling buffoon as he was in subsequent episodes. However, I prefer Watson in that role because he added a lot of humor and entertainment. In this movie, Watson is pictured as fairly intelligent, for a change!

I enjoyed the lighting in this story. It made for some superb cinematography. The stark black-and-white shots inside the Baskerville mansion were great, as were the many facial closeups in this movie. The gray of the moors outside were in stark contrast to the indoor shots.

Although the séance fizzled, the credence given the occult in the story put a frown on a my face. It's amazing how many ignorant, superstitious people there have been in the world who actually believe they can talk to dead people. The rest of the story was a lot more intelligent and credible.

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