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The first Sherlock Holmes movie to be filmed in color.
Christopher Lee readily admited he had a morbid fear of spiders, and the panic on his face during the scene with the tarantula was not due to acting.
The Baskerville Hall set is a redress of that used for Castle Dracula in Horror of Dracula (1958), in which Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing also starred.
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.
For his role as Sherlock Holmes he, of course, had to have a pipe, but as Peter Cushing didn't like the taste of the pipe, he kept a glass of milk always to hand to remove the taste.
André Morell was one of the first film portrayals to show Watson as a more than competent colleague of Holmes, rather than the lovable buffoon that Nigel Bruce had portrayed.
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The hound they used was a real dog called Colonel. On the set before the hound attacks Christopher Lee's character Sir Henry Baskerville, they could not get Colonel to jump on Lee, so they started to 'prod' him into action. Lee gave up and suddenly, Colonel lunged on him and bit right through one of his arms.
Some music, composed by James Bernard, was also used in Horror of Dracula (1958).
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Feature film debut of Michael Hawkins.
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Christopher Lee would play Sherlock Holmes in two TV movies in the 1990s.
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Peter Cushing later reprised his role as Sherlock Holmes in both Sherlock Holmes (1964) and Sherlock Holmes and the Masks of Death (1984). The former also adapted "The Hound of the Baskervilles" as Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles: Part One (1968) and Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles: Part Two (1968).
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Actor Christopher Lee has starred in at least six Arthur Conan Doyle filmed adaptations or related filmed productions. They are: The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962), The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970), Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady (1991), Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls_, and the "The Leather Funnel" episode of Great Mysteries (1973) [See: "Great Mysteries" (1973) {The Leather Funnel (#1.2)}].
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André Morell later voiced Elrond in The Lord of the Rings (1978). John Le Mesurier voiced Bilbo in the BBC Radio production of The Lord of the Rings, and Christopher Lee played Saruman in Peter Jackson's films. The last one featured Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, who play Holmes and Watson on Sherlock, which also retold the Baskerville story.
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