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The Hound of the Baskervilles -- Not to be confused with the 1959 Hammer version. The English moors reverberate with the baying sound of a monstrous creature, one that seems hell-bent on taking the life of Sir Henry Baskerville. Cushing is very effective as Sherlock Holmes. An interesting mixture of taped and filmed sequences. Memorable. Highly recommended.
The Hound of the Baskervilles -- lbx

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Director:
Writers:
Arthur Conan Doyle (based on the novel by)
Peter Bryan (screenplay)
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Release Date:
3 July 1959 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Sherlock Holmes' Most Terrifying Adventure! [UK] See more »
Plot:
When a nobleman is threatened by a family curse on his newly inherited estate, detective Sherlock Holmes is hired to investigate. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Top notch Hammer Holmes See more (69 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Cushing ... Sherlock Holmes

André Morell ... Doctor Watson (as Andre Morell)

Christopher Lee ... Sir Henry
Marla Landi ... Cecile Stapleton
David Oxley ... Sir Hugo Baskerville
Francis De Wolff ... Doctor Richard Mortimer (as Francis de Wolff also)
Miles Malleson ... Bishop Frankland
Ewen Solon ... Stapleton

John Le Mesurier ... Barrymore
Helen Goss ... Mrs. Barrymore
Sam Kydd ... Perkins
Michael Hawkins ... Lord Caphill
Judi Moyens ... Servant Girl
Michael Mulcaster ... Selden - Convict
David Birks ... Servant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elizabeth Gott ... Mrs. Goodlippe (uncredited)
Ian Hewitson ... Lord Kingsblood (uncredited)

Directed by
Terence Fisher 
 
Writing credits
Arthur Conan Doyle (based on the novel by) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

Peter Bryan (screenplay by)

Produced by
Michael Carreras .... executive producer
Anthony Hinds .... producer
Anthony Nelson Keys .... associate producer
Kenneth Hyman .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
James Bernard 
 
Cinematography by
Jack Asher (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Alfred Cox 
 
Production Design by
Bernard Robinson 
 
Makeup Department
Roy Ashton .... make-up
Henry Montsash .... hairstyles
Margaret Robinson .... hound mask (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Don Weeks .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Peverall .... assistant director
Hugh Harlow .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Tom Walls .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Peter Allchorne .... floor props: chargehand (uncredited)
Arthur Banks .... master plasterer (uncredited)
Charles Davis .... master carpenter (uncredited)
Eric Hillier .... props buyer (uncredited)
Mick Lyons .... construction manager (uncredited)
Don Mingaye .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Tom Money .... property master (uncredited)
Frank Pannicelli .... model dog maker (uncredited)
Gilbert Wood .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Lawrence Wren .... master painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jock May .... sound recorder
Jim Perry .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Sydney Pearson .... special effects (as Sid Pearson)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Len Harris .... camera operator
Steve Birtles .... gaffer (uncredited)
Teddy Catford .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Tom Edwards .... still photographer (uncredited)
Harry Oakes .... focus puller (uncredited)
Anthony Powell .... clapper loader (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Molly Arbuthnot .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
James Needs .... supervising editor
Roy Norman .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
Peter Todd .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John Hollingsworth .... music conducted by
 
Other crew
Shirley Barnes .... continuity
Pat Green .... production secretary (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
87 min | Canada:64 min (Ontario)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:12 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1959) | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (re-rating) (1988) | USA:Approved (PCA #19213) | West Germany:16 (original rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
André Morell was one of the first film portrayals to show him as a more than competent colleague of Holmes, rather than the lovable buffoon that Nigel Bruce had portrayed.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the prologue, after Sir Hugo has stabbed the girl on the moor, there is no blood on the knife. But after he has been attacked by the hound and drops the knife, a close up reveals it to be covered in blood.See more »
Quotes:
Cecile Stapleton:When you're poor, no one wants to know you.See more »

FAQ

Why was this the only 'Holmes' film made by Hammer?
How many films did Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee do together?
How does the movie differ from the novel?
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20 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Top notch Hammer Holmes, 14 August 2004
Author: oldskoolsi from Anywhere he darn well blazes

This is one of the best hammer films around and in my opinion the best Sherlock Holmes film ever. Cushing plays a more uptight Holmes than Rathbone, less tolerant of others and his constant movement suits the overall pace of the film. Morell's Watson is portrayed as less bumbling and more intelligent than Bruce's and since the middle part of the film revolves around him he is allowed to really shine. Lee, obviously relishing playing a romantic lead and not a monster, puts his all into the role. The support is good, especially the comedy bishop portrayed by Miles Malleson. Thankfully, the hound is rarely seen, but its howling add greatly to the tension. Typically Hammer change the original story, and anyone familiar with it will be surprised to see Dr Mortimer being portrayed as the prime suspect.

The style and direction of the film is very similar to other Hammer films made at around the same time, the film moves along at such a pace that you don't have time to think about logic and dialog. The start of the film would make a good film on its own. All in all a great film and its a shame there were no other Hammer Holmes films.

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