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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 by)
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Complete credited cast:
Peter Cushing ... Sherlock Holmes
André Morell ... Doctor Watson (as Andre Morell)
Christopher Lee ... Sir Henry
Marla Landi Marla Landi ... Cecile
David Oxley 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 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 »

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Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Peter Cushing would often make amendments to his script. For example, dialogue where he inquires about how much he's getting paid was changed to "My professional charges are upon a fixed scale. I do not vary them, except when I remit them altogether". See more »

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After Stapleton is shot, the dog starts to run past him. Stapleton clearly pulls the dog onto him to make it look like he is being attacked. See more »

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Sherlock Holmes: Do you imagine that I can influence the powers of darkness?
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Different spin, equally effective.
11 October 2009 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are requested to keep an eye on Sir Henry Baskerville, who has inherited an estate out on Dartmoor. With this estate comes danger as his family is known to be threatened by a wild dog that stalks the Moor.

Holmes in colour for the first time as Hammer give it the full blown costume drama pizazz. Great production as Peter Cushing {Holmes}, Andre Morell {Watson} and Christopher Lee {Baskerville} act it out with considerable aplomb. Cushing and Morell are particularly effective, Cushing's Holmes is sprightly and never staid, while Morell's Watson is resourceful and a bona fide detective sidekick to the intrepid Holmes. The supporting cast is also filled out with quality British talent, John le Mesurier, Miles Malleson and Francis de Wolfe are involving and integral to the story. Whilst it wouldn't be a Hammer film without the obligatory heaving bosom, which here comes in the form of Marla Landi.

The deviation from the source novel may offend some purists, but it works and is actually a pleasant surprise. Hammer were clearly intent on breathing a new life into Sherlock Holmes, and they did so, thus paving the way for the element of surprise. Still holding up well after all these years this is still an essential viewing in the pantheon of Sherlock Holmes adaptations. 7/10


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