The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)
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as Sherlock Holmes
as Sir Henry
as Doctor Watson
as Sir Hugo Baskerville
as Dr. Mortimer
as Servant Girl
as Mrs. Barrymore
as Lord Caphill
as Lord Kingsblood
as Mrs. Goodlippe
Critic Reviews for The Hound of the Baskervilles
This is my favorite of the movies adapted from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novel, and the first one in color.
Peter Cushing is perfectly cast as the great detective, the very embodiment of science and reason (which also made him such a great Van Helsing in the Dracula series)...
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.
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.
Being a Hammer production, the cinematography is stylish and just gaudy enough, with that distinctive Hammer gothic plumage...
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.
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...
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.
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