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Ernest Pascal (screenplay)
Arthur Conan Doyle (novel)
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Release Date:
31 March 1939 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add 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
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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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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Publicity materials referred to the dog who played the title character as "Chief". The dog's actual name was "Blitzen" but this was thought to sound too German.See more »
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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 »
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Sherlock Holmes:There are still some gaps to be filled, but all in all, things are becoming a little clearer.
Dr. Watson:Not to me, I assure you; it's all a hopeless jumble. Stapleton, Franklin, the Barrymans - put it all together and what have you got?
Sherlock Holmes:Murder, my dear Watson. Refined, cold-blooded murder.
Dr. Watson:Murder?
Sherlock Holmes:There's no doubt of it in my mind. Or perhaps I should say, my imagination. For that's where crimes are conceived and they're solved - in the imagination.
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Denis Conan Doyle---Did Rathbone & Bruce Meet Him?
The Hound---Where Did it Come From?
William Shakespeare---Did Rathbone & Bruce Meet Him?
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28 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
The best version of a classic novel, 10 March 2001
Author: ashtree from British Columbia, Canada

As a Sherlock Holmes enthusiast, I'd LOVE a 100% faithful adaptation of THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES; but as a realist, I know that the only way that would happen is if a group of actors read the book word for word on radio or audiotape. After all, what works in a book doesn't always work on screen; and Ernest Pascal's adaptation is faithful to the spirit, if not always the letter, of Conan Doyle's novel (just watch the scene in the hut on the moor when Watson meets up with Holmes, who explains what's going on: 'Murder, my dear Watson. Refined, cold-blooded murder.' The scene as written by Conan Doyle is a bit dry; Pascal expands on it in a way that makes the scene work on film, and in doing so shows that he was clearly in tune with the source material. Yes, some key characters were dropped or had their parts reduced; others were built up so there would be a few more suspects. In the end, however, we're left with what is still the best version of HOUND ever committed to celluloid. Basil Rathbone IS Holmes: even if he had never played the character again, he would still be guaranteed a place among the great portrayers of the detective. Nigel Bruce's Watson is brave and loyal, and not the somewhat bumbling sidekick he became in the later films; and there is a real friendship between his Watson and Rathbone's Holmes which is a crucial element of any portrayal of the characters, yet which is so often missing. As is only natural with a film made more than sixty years ago, it does creak a bit in places; but it's still a wonderful way to spend ninety or so minutes.

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