The Hound of the Baskervilles

1959

The Hound of the Baskervilles

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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.

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Cast

Peter Cushing
as Sherlock Holmes
Christopher Lee
as Sir Henry
André Morell
as Doctor Watson
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

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Audience Reviews for The Hound of the Baskervilles

  • Mar 23, 2018
    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!
    Clintus M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 31, 2016
    A Hammer Films Production, which is to say a little garish, loud, and predictable. But never dull.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 24, 2011
    This has always been one of my favourite Hammer films. It looks glorious in technicolour and you would never guess that they were working on such tight budgets. Cushing is a great Holmes and I wish Hammer had done more in the series. There are a few liberties taken with thes story (a stray taranatula and a scene in a mine shaft spring to mind) but this is still one of the best versions of the Hound story, even if the hound looks a little silly. A Hammer classic!
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 31, 2011
    Hammer meets Sherlock Holmes with very predictable results - that is, more blood and little or no subtlety. The cast and cinematography are actually rather good but none of the "soul" of Conan Doyle's great, atmospheric detective story is in evidence.
    The S Super Reviewer

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