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The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)

Approved | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 31 March 1939 (USA)
Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson investigate the legend of a supernatural hound, a beast that may be stalking a young heir on the fog-shrouded moorland that makes up his estate.

Director:

Sidney Lanfield

Writers:

Ernest Pascal (screenplay), Arthur Conan Doyle (novel) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Greene ... Sir Henry Baskerville
Basil Rathbone ... Sherlock Holmes
Wendy Barrie ... Beryl Stapleton
Nigel Bruce ... Dr. Watson
Lionel Atwill ... James Mortimer M.D.
John Carradine ... Barryman
Barlowe Borland ... Frankland
Beryl Mercer ... Mrs. Jennifer Mortimer
Morton Lowry ... John Stapleton
Ralph Forbes ... Sir Hugo Baskerville
E.E. Clive ... Cabby
Eily Malyon ... Mrs. Barryman
Lionel Pape ... Coroner
Nigel De Brulier ... Convict (as Nigel de Brulier)
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. Hudson
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On his uncle's death Sir Henry Baskerville returns from abroad and opens up the ancestral hall on the desolate moors of Devonshire. Holmes uncovers a plot to have Sir Henry murdered by a terrible trained hound. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Trivia

The impressive interior set for Baskerville Hall was subsequently recycled by Fox, most notably for their last Charlie Chan feature, Castle in the Desert (1942). See more »

Goofs

After Holmes and Mortimer sit, Holmes has his pipe in his right hand in his lap, then in his left hand raised. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Barryman: Hello, there! Hello, there! Is something wrong!
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Version of The Hound of the Baskervilles (1988) See more »

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The best version of a classic novel
10 March 2001 | by ashtreeSee all my reviews

As a Sherlock Holmes enthusiast, I'd LOVE a 100% faithful adaptation of THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES; but as a realist, I know that the only way that would happen is if a group of actors read the book word for word on radio or audiotape. After all, what works in a book doesn't always work on screen; and Ernest Pascal's adaptation is faithful to the spirit, if not always the letter, of Conan Doyle's novel (just watch the scene in the hut on the moor when Watson meets up with Holmes, who explains what's going on: 'Murder, my dear Watson. Refined, cold-blooded murder.' The scene as written by Conan Doyle is a bit dry; Pascal expands on it in a way that makes the scene work on film, and in doing so shows that he was clearly in tune with the source material. Yes, some key characters were dropped or had their parts reduced; others were built up so there would be a few more suspects. In the end, however, we're left with what is still the best version of HOUND ever committed to celluloid. Basil Rathbone IS Holmes: even if he had never played the character again, he would still be guaranteed a place among the great portrayers of the detective. Nigel Bruce's Watson is brave and loyal, and not the somewhat bumbling sidekick he became in the later films; and there is a real friendship between his Watson and Rathbone's Holmes which is a crucial element of any portrayal of the characters, yet which is so often missing. As is only natural with a film made more than sixty years ago, it does creak a bit in places; but it's still a wonderful way to spend ninety or so minutes.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1939 (USA) See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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