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First published in serial form in 1901, The Hound of Baskervilles had been adapted into a number of silent films. But it wasn’t until March 31, 1939 when 20th Century Fox released the version starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Doctor Watson that audiences at last got to hear the character speak.

Fox had only intended the film to be a single production, but it proved so popular that the studio began pumping out two Sherlock Holmes films a year, with Rathbone and Bruce appearing in 14 films between 1939 and 1946, as well as in a number of radio plays, “The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.” The first two films were set in Victorian England, where Holmes originated. The other films were modernized to serve as propaganda for the Allied war effort. The Hound of Baskervilles was Rathbone’s favorite of the films he would forever be linked to (and »

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