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The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)

Not Rated | | 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.

Director:

Terence Fisher

Writers:

Arthur Conan Doyle (based on the novel by) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), Peter Bryan (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Cushing ... Sherlock Holmes
André Morell ... Doctor Watson (as Andre Morell)
Christopher Lee ... Sir Henry
Marla Landi ... Cecile
David Oxley ... Sir Hugo
Francis De Wolff Francis De Wolff ... Doctor Mortimer
Miles Malleson ... Bishop
Ewen Solon ... Stapleton
John Le Mesurier ... Barrymore
Helen Goss ... Mrs. Barrymore
Sam Kydd ... Perkins
Michael Hawkins Michael Hawkins ... Lord Caphill
Judi Moyens ... Servant Girl
Michael Mulcaster Michael Mulcaster ... Convict
David Birks ... Servant
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Storyline

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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Horror | Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

3 July 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baskervilles hund See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The hound they used was a real dog called Colonel. On the set before the hound attacks Sir 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. See more »

Goofs

The chessboard is set up incorrectly (the rightmost square on the first rank is supposed to be white, not black). See more »

Quotes

Sherlock Holmes: Do you imagine that I can influence the powers of darkness?
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Version of Das dunkle Schloß (1915) See more »

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Cushing was born to play Holmes
12 May 2006 | by VampenguinSee all my reviews

Ah, you can't go wrong with Hammer. On the back of the DVD, Newsweek proudly proclaims "The Best of the Sherlocks!", and I have to agree. This is the role that Peter Cushing was born to play, it's a shame he didn't play it as often as he did Van Helsing. His mannerisms, his delivery, even his looks, everything about him is perfect Holmes. The rest of the cast are pretty good too, don't get me wrong, but Cushing puts them to shame. Though he is rather ominous in some scenes, it's nice to see Christopher Lee opposite Cushing as a good guy for a change. I really liked the classic plot, full of surprises, great characters, humor and lots of chances for Cushing to shine. The atmosphere is great, foggy and dark like many Hammer films. Perfect for horror. All in all this is a really fun film, though it does have a few pretty cheesy moments. Good film overall though.

7.5/10


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