The Hound Of The Baskervilles (1939)
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Sherlock Holmes is approached by Dr. Mortimer to assist in protecting the life of his best friend's nephew who is that very day returning to England from Canada. Mortimer's friend, Sir Charles Baskerville, recently died and although the coroner ruled it to be a natural death, the Doctor knows he was being chased by a legendary dog, the Hound of the Baskervilles, that has plagued the Baskerville family for years. Sir Henry Baskerville is Sir Charles' heir and Mortimer is convinced that he will not last long living on moors at Baskerville Hall. Already Sir Henry is facing odd happenings when a single boot is stolen at his hotel. Holmes dispatches his good friend Dr. Watson to accompany the young man to the family estate while he attends to other matters in London. Once there, Sir Henry meets the lovely Beryl Stapleton and her brother John. The servants are acting strangely and when Watson catches one of them signaling to someone on the moor, he thinks he knows who might be involved. Holmes, who has been masquerading as a tramp, has his own ideas however and the solution to the mystery lies in the Baskerville family history.
Title: Hound Of The Baskervilles, The
Release Date: March 24, 1939
Runtime: 80 mins
All Genres: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Colors: Black and White
IMDB Rating: 7.8
Buried.com Rating: 8.8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With H
MPAA Rating: Approved
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
Ian Maclaren ...Sir Charles (as Ian MacLaren)
Leonard Carey ...Hugo's Servant
Kenneth Hunter ...Ship's Officer
Vesey O'Davoren ...Ship's Steward
Rita Page ...Chambermaid
John Graham Spacey ...Ship's Porter
Ruth Terry ...Betsy Ann
David Thursby ...Open Carriage Driver
Peter Willes ...Roderick
Mary young ...Betsy Ann's Mother
Darryl F. Zanuck
Arthur Conan Doyle
Cyril J. Mockridge
- [last lines] Sherlock Holmes: Oh, Watson, the needle!
James Mortimer, M.D.: Mr. Holmes, you're the one man in all England who can help me... I am in mortal fear that Sir Henry's life will be snuffed out.
Sherlock Holmes: There are still some gaps to be filled, but all in all, things are becoming a little clearer. Dr. Watson: Not to me, I assure you; it's all a hopeless jumble. Stapleton, Franklin, the Barrymans - put it all together and what have uou got? Sherlock Holmes: Murder, my dear Watson. Refined, cold-blooded murder. Dr. Watson: Murder?!? Sherlock Holmes: There's no doubt of it in my mind. Or perhaps I should say, my imagination. For that's where crimes are conceived and they're solved - in the imagination.
James Mortimer, M.D.: Mr. Holmes, we've admired you in the past as does every Englishman. Your record as our greatest detective is known throughout the world. But this - seeing how you work - knowing that there is in England such a man as you gives us all a sense of safety and security. God bless you, Mr. Holmes!
Dr. Watson: It's a pity you didn't think about bringing that infernal violin of yours - to regale me with some of your music! Sherlock Holmes: I DID, my dear Watson! Anything to oblige! [he whips out the violin and begins to play]
- In the original novel, and in all later film versions, the butler is named Barrymore. In the 1939 version, this had to be changed to Barryman because the famous Barrymore family was still acting in films.
Publicity materials referred to the dog who played the title character as "Chief". The dog's actual name was "Blitzen" but this was thought to sound too German.
The original title "The Hound of the Baskervilles" refers to a dog that terrorizes a family called "Baskerville". The German title "Der Hund Von Baskerville", a mistranslation, refers to a hound, which just lives in "Baskerville", a town, that does not play a role in the story.
After being out of circulation for many years, partly because of the 1959 Hammer remake in Technicolor starring Peter Cushing, this film was restored and re-released to theaters in 1975 with great fanfare, to the point of having the national evening news do a story on it. The film was shown at its full 80-minute length, and newspaper and magazine articles commented on the fact that the line "Oh, Watson, the needle!", referring to Holmes' cocaine habit (and usually misquoted as "Quick, Watson, the needle!") was put back in after having been cut by the censors. As an added attraction, the studio added a rare sound film featurette which showed Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes books, talking about his creation.
The first Sherlock Holmes film of Basil Rathbone.
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