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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.


Terence Fisher


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





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


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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Thumbs up for Cushing's performance
19 April 2003 | by mgbroderickSee all my reviews

After reading Doyle's book to my kids -- the quintessential Sherlock Holmes novel -- I promised to get the movie so we could all watch it. I was a fan as a kid of Basil Rathbone's Holmes' series for Universal, and I tried to find that version on video. The VHS is out of print and surprisingly, it is not on DVD. So I bought the DVD of the Hammer version with Peter Cushing, Andre Morrel and Christopher Lee without having seen it before. I enjoyed the film, so did my kids and we would recommend this version. Cushing surprised me as Holmes -- he enjoys himself from start to finish. He is clever in a self-satisfied and almost playful way, not as intense as Rathbone. He's simply terrific to watch. Too bad Hammer didn't continue with Holmes because this could have become his signature role. Morrel also is a better Watson than Nigel Bruce for all the reasons stated by others. Christopher Lee seems a bit out of place here, but nonetheless he's so young in this film -- he looks like Nicholas Cage! -- that it is nice to see him a different role. The movie itself is uneven and the departures from the Doyle story struck me as odd. But if you one of those who believes Rathbone is the preeminent Holmes, I would encourage you to see this film. You may change your mind.

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

3 July 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs


| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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