Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Lionel Atwill, Richard
Greene, John Carradine.
time: 80 mins
1939 classic remains the best Sherlock Holmes movie ever and
I'm pleased to report it gets the deluxe treatment in this
wonderfully restored edition from MPI.
errie Dartmoor wilderness was recreated by 20th Century Fox
on its Hollywood lot and, having been to the real place, I
have to say they did a brilliant job. Fog swirls around the
creepy landscape and old country houses. And when you hear
the hound of the title howling in the night, it really does
make the hairs on your neck stand on end.
best-known of the Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,
The Hound of the Baskervilles tells of a mythical beast from
hell that has cursed the Baskerville family for generations.
Sir Charles Baskerville dies in mysterious circumstances outside
of Baskerville Hall, the footprint of a gigantic hound is
seen nearby. With Sir Charles's nephew Sir Henry Baskerville
(Richard Greene) arriving from Canada to claim his inheritance,
local physician Dr. Mortimer (Lionel Atwill) contacts Sherlock
Holmes (Basil Rathbone) to try and prevent another tragedy.
doesn't take Holmes long to deduce that there is genuine evil
lurking on Dartmoor behind the legend of the hound - and Sir
Henry is in deadly danger.
acted by a great cast, including Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson),
the movie features crisp direction by Sidney Landfield and
that wonderful black and white cinematography. And the hound
is really worth waiting for!
you're a fan, please note that MPI Home Video has issued outstanding
remastered versions of all 14 Rathbone/Bruce Sherlock Holmes
movies made between 1939-1946. Extras include audio commentaries,
informative liner notes and photo galleries.