The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)




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In the 17th century, the arrogant, cruel Hugo Baskerville (David Oxley) brutalizes a servant and prepares to turn the man's daughter over to his equally depraved companions, but she escapes. When he catches up with the girl in a ruined abbey, he kills her and then is attacked and killed himself by a huge hound that is never seen. The audience then learns that this story is being told in flashback to Sherlock Holmes (Peter Cushing) and Dr. Watson (Andre Morell) by Dr. Richard Mortimer (Francis … More

Rating: R
Genre: Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
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On DVD: May 7, 2002


as Sherlock Holmes

as Dr. Watson

as Sir Henry Baskervill...

as Bishop Frankland

as Sir Hugo Baskerville

as Dr. Mortimer

as Stapleton

as Barrymore

as Perkins

as Mrs. Barrymore

as Lord Caphill
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Critic Reviews for The Hound of the Baskervilles

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

There has been no shortage of interpretations of Conan Doyle's great detective over the years, but, with apologies to Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Cushing remains one of the greatest.

Full Review… | May 28, 2015
Times [UK]

Being a Hammer production, the cinematography is stylish and just gaudy enough, with that distinctive Hammer gothic plumage...

Full Review… | April 6, 2006

Vivid, exciting Hammer production.

October 30, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Audience Reviews for The Hound of the Baskervilles


Fantastic casting and superb direction make The Hound of the Baskervilles not only what I'm sure is one of the best Sherlock Holmes adaptations (actually, I'm nowhere nearly qualified enough to make that call -- this is the second Sherlock Holmes movie I've seen and I challenge you to guess what the first one was...) but one of the better Hammer productions. Given the talent involved, The Hound of the Baskervilles is everything you'd expect. Peter Cushing and Andre Morell are magnificent as Holmes and Watson and despite Christopher Lee's name in the cast, I wasn't too distracted by waiting for him to go bad and wasn't disappointed (um, spoiler alert) when he didn't. Really good stuff...

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer


I saw this movie on TV, I'm sure it's confusing enough without having the commercials interrupting all the time, but I really had a hard time following it. It wasn't bad, though, there were good actors too, it's just that the story is confusing throughout.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

A great British hammer horror starring Peter Cushing. Still my favourite version of this story!

Dean King

Super Reviewer

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