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The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)

Approved  |   |  Horror, Mystery  |  3 July 1959 (USA)
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When a nobleman is threatened by a family curse on his newly inherited estate, detective Sherlock Holmes is hired to investigate.

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Returning to his family's manor house on the lonely moors after his father dies under mysterious circumstances, Sir Henry Baskerville is confronted with the mystery of the supernatural hound that supposedly takes revenge upon the Baskerville family. The famous detective Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson are brought in to investigate. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Christopher Lee readily admits he has a morbid fear of spiders, and the panic on his face during the scene with the tarantula is not due to acting. See more »

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When Doctor Watson is pulled out of the mire by Stapleton and Cecile, he is covered in mud up to his shoulders. However in the next scene, when he gets off Stapleton's cart at Baskerville Hall, the front part of his jacket (not covered by the blanket) is completely clean. See more »

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Sir Hugo Baskerville: Let the hounds of Hell take me if I can't track her down!
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`Mr Holmes, they were the footprints of a giant hound.'
19 February 2004 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland) – See all my reviews

The 1939 Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce production may be the definitive version, but Hammer's sole 1959 attempt at Sherlock Holmes remains the most atmospheric colour remake.

Peter Cushing and Andre Morrell make a more than passable Holmes and Watson double-act, and the rest of the cast are just right although Christopher Lee always seemed too stiff as a goodie.

Jack Asher's evocative photography is the real delight. No other version has captured so beautifully the muted greens, browns and golds of Dartmoor in England's myth-laden west country. What a shame that modern film stocks seem to have lost the softer warmth of Fifties Technicolor.

Hammer, as you might expect, played up the horror elements of the 'hound of hell' legend a bit too crudely. But David Oxley, as the Baskerville scion who brings about the curse, deserves his place in Hammer's gallery of depraved aristocrats. Accompanied by a crash of thunder in the prologue, director Terence Fisher captures him in long shot at the top of the stairs, possessed with fury as he tells his drunken fellow revellers that the servant girl they had intended to rape has fled. A hushed reaction shot of the others, before Fisher cuts back to a medium shot of Oxted. `I have her!' His face lights up with demonical inspiration. `We'll set the pack on her.!'

Maybe it does rather fall between two genres, but this hugely enjoyable Hammer yarn has left a footprint in each.


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