The Hound of the Baskervilles1959
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
The screenplay is unimaginative, staging and direction are inexpert, and the performances dull, with Peter Cushing making a tiresomely mannered and too lightweight Sherlock Holmes.
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.
Audience Reviews for The Hound of the Baskervilles
Hammer Films rally nailed it with this outstanding interpretation of the Conan-Doyle classic mystery. Just as the studio revolutionized the classic horror movie genre with its Dracula, Frankenstein, and Mummy movies, their fresh, all-color, and slightly gory (for the 1950s) version of this well-trod ground delivered a much needed update for Sherlock Holmes and company. Hamer's actors are brilliant here, in my opinion superior to the 1940s serials with Basil Rathbone. Peter Cushing is great, Andre Morell is also, and Christopher Lee delvers a character fans wouldn't recognize. Italian-born Marla Landi was a fortunate find; her accent and crazed mannerisms bring her plotting temptress character to life. The direction and especially cinematography is typical of Hammer, brilliant. The deviations from the book's plot, which you can read about in Wikipedia, only enhance the film. Often purists harshly critique film versions of famous novels, but no one should find any fault here. The film's climax, which I won't reveal, I believe improves on the original. In summary, Hammer's 1959 interpretation of this classic is one of the studio's best films and one of the best Holmes film adaptations. Highly Recommended!
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...
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