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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)
Australia:A | 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: The position of Dr. Watson's left hand as he his writing his first, second and fourth letters back to Sherlock Holmes.See more »
Sherlock Holmes:[a portrait that he has just seen fascinates him] You must - you must dine with us before you sail.
Sir Henry Baskerville:Well, there's the old boy himself - Sir Hugo, the Beast of the Baskervilles.
Dr. Watson:Done by Ransome, one of the minor painters.
Sir Henry Baskerville:I don't imagine it's very valuable.
Sherlock Holmes:I can't quite agree with you, Sir Henry.
Sherlock Holmes:One day, it might prove to be of the greatest value.
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Denis Conan Doyle---Did Rathbone & Bruce Meet Him?
The Hound---Where Did it Come From?
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Rathbone and Bruce-The Definitive Holmes & Watson, 29 March 2006
Author: babeth_jr from United States

"The Hound of the Baskervilles" was the first movie that paired the great actor Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as his bumbling yet lovable assistant, Dr. Watson. The two actors embody the characters of Holmes and Watson, and it's a delight to see the interaction between the two. This movie is great on all levels, from the creepy atmosphere of the moors where the "hound from hell" roams, to the performances of all the actors involved. Richard Greene, who plays Sir Henry Baskerville, and John Carradine also give solid performances. I remember watching this movie on late night TV with my sister when I was a kid and being genuinely frightened by the scenes on the moor when Richard Greene is being chased by the hound. For me this is the best of the Sherlock Holmes series of movies that was made in the late 1930's and 1940's. A must see!

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