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Writers:
Arthur Conan Doyle (novel)
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:
Peter Cushing IS Sherlock Holmes! See more (68 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 (novel) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

Peter Bryan (screenplay)

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 .... makeup artist
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
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 .... conductor
 
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 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (re-rating) (1988) | USA:Approved (PCA #19213) | West Germany:16 (original rating)

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Trivia:
Originally proposed by brief Hammer cohort Kenneth Hyman, this film was planned to be the first in a series of many Sherlock Holmes films starring Peter Cushing, produced by Hammer Films. The audience disapproved of a Hammer film without any monsters and failed to turn up. The planned series was then dropped.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In their discussion regarding the source of the tarantula used to attack Sir Henry, Watson asks Holmes how he knew the spider had not secreted itself with Sir Henry's luggage from South Africa and instead came from the collection of a local and eminent entomologist, Bishop Frankland. In classic form, Holmes says, "Elementary, my dear Watson, tarantulas are not from South Africa." He is wrong, as tarantulas, such as the baboon spider, are native to South Africa. A bit earlier in the film, Bishop Frankland asks if the tarantula in question had originated from one of the village. Here the expert was mistaken as tarantulas are not native to the countryside or villages of England. (To be fair, the good clergyman may have been trying to avoid admitting that a tarantula loaned to him by the London Zoo had gone missing.)See more »
Quotes:
Sir Henry:I can understand someone wanting to steal a pair of boots - but one? So there it is.See more »

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Peter Cushing IS Sherlock Holmes!, 2 November 2009
Author: Bensch from Salzburg, Austria

Shortly after their brilliant adaptations of the classic tales of Frankenstein and Dracula, the glorious British Hammer Studios decided to have their take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's immortal detective Sherlock Holmes with "The Hound of the Baskervilles" (1959). This turned out to be a splendid idea, as the Hammer formula works magnificently with Doyle's work. Hammer once again teams up Horror's greatest duo, Peter Cushing (as Sherlock Holmes) and Christopher Lee (as Sir Henry Baskerville) in what is another one of many memorable collaborations of the two British Horror deities. In addition, the film features André Morell (who would also star in several other Hammer productions including "The Plague of the Zombies" of 1966) as Doctor Watson. Hammer's trademark eerie Gothic atmosphere with foggy grounds, dark forests etc. fits the "Baskervilles" story like a glove. It has been a while since I've last seen the classic adaptations with Basil Rathbone, and I do not wish to discuss which version of this particular tale is 'better', but I can say that this Hammer version is a truly great gem for every admirer of classic Mystery and Gothic cinema.

The film begins truly creepy, with a prologue set in the early 18th century, when Sir Hugo Baskreville, a cruel nobleman who likes to play sadistic games with peasants, gets what he had coming when he makes the encounter of a mysterious beast. From then on, the wild, dog-like creature is known and feared as the 'Hound of The Baskervilles'; according to a curse, this hound is supposed to return and kill any Bakerville who dares to enter the moorlands where Sir Hugo found his end... In the 1880s, the great detective Sherlock Holmes is told about the sudden and mysterious death of Sir Charles Baskerville, a descendant of Sir Hugo. Holmes and Doctor Watson travel to the Baskerville estate, in order to investigate and to meet the new owner, Sir Henry Baskerville, who does not believe in what he considers to be 'old wive's tales'... at first...

The film does change the plot of Doyle's classic novel in some details, mainly by adding Horror elements that underline the Hammer-typical creepiness and Gothic atmosphere. Cushing simply is the perfect choice to play Sherlock Holmes. This brilliant actor was fantastic in any role he played, of course, but that of the most famous detective in fiction is one of those that he is particularly predestined for. André Morell is great as Dr. Watson and Christopher Lee is, as always, magnificent in his role. Cushing and Lee truly were the ultimate duo in Horror cinema, and this is yet another fantastic collaboration of these two great men. It is easy to see why Christopher Lee and the late Peter Cushing were best friends in real-life, when watching their ingenious work in any of the films and they did together. Directed by Hammer's Nr. 1 director, Terence Fisher, "The Hound of the Baskervilles" is another great example for Hammer's glorious style of eerie yet beautiful settings, haunting atmosphere and suspenseful storytelling. The settings and photography are wonderful as in most classic Hammer tales, and the entire film is greatly crafted. Many years ago, this was one of the first Hammer films that I saw as a kid, and, after many re-viewings, I still immensely enjoy watching it as an adult. This great little gem only ranks slightly below the brilliant "Dracula" and "Frankenstein" adaptations, and definitely is a must-see for all Hammer fans. Highly recommended!

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