The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)




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Sherlock Holmes (Peter Cushing) and Dr. Watson (Andre Morell) are summoned to investigate the murder of Sir Charles Baskerville. The family seems to be cursed because of previous ancestral crimes, and it is assumed Sir Henry may suffer the same fate as Sir Charles. The legend of the curse also tells of a murderous canine that stalks its victims in the shadowy moors that surround the Baskerville estate. This film is the first color feature of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary sleuth.
Art House & International , Classics , Mystery & Suspense
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Peter Cushing
as Sherlock Holmes
Christopher Lee
as Sir Henry
André Morell
as Doctor Watson
Marla Landi
as Cecile
John Le Mesurier
as Barrymore
David Oxley
as Sir Hugo Baskerville
Francis De Wolff
as Dr. Mortimer
Ewen Solon
as Stapleton
Sam Kydd
as Perkins
Judi Moyens
as Servant Girl
Helen Goss
as Mrs. Barrymore
Dave Birks
as Servant
Michael Hawkins
as Lord Caphill
Ian Hewitson
as Lord Kingsblood
Elizabeth Dott
as Mrs. Goodlippe
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Critic Reviews for The Hound of the Baskervilles

All Critics (13)

Cushing is splendid as Holmes -- perhaps less eccentric than other screen Holmes but certainly no less committed -- while it's nice to see Lee in a rare good-guy role.

Full Review… | June 25, 2016
Creative Loafing

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

This classic is no dog!

September 20, 2002
Chico Enterprise-Record

They don't make Sherlock Holmes films better than this superbly cast and told 1959 version from Hammer Studios...

Full Review… | August 1, 2002
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Audience Reviews for The Hound of the Baskervilles

A Hammer Films Production, which is to say a little garish, loud, and predictable. But never dull.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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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
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
Aj V

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