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The Hound of the Baskervilles

Released Mar 24, 1939 1h 20m Mystery & Thriller List
91% Tomatometer 11 Reviews 83% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) is intrigued by a centuries-old legend in which every generation of the wealthy Baskerville family is eventually killed by a monstrous hound. Suspecting there is more to the story than meets the eye, he sends Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) to the estate to investigate. Sir Henry (Richard Greene), the only Baskerville left, is grateful for his help. But when a crazed convict escapes and footprints from a beast are found, Baskerville wonders if Watson will be enough. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Graham Greene The Spectator The cinema has never yet done justice to Sherlock Holmes. May 9, 2018 Full Review Charles Cassady Common Sense Media Family-friendly Sherlock classic still a critical favorite. Rated: 4/5 Dec 15, 2010 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews It was the first in the long-running Basil Rathbone-Nigel Bruce teaming in the Sherlock Holmes series. Rated: A- Jan 2, 2010 Full Review Mark Bourne DVDJournal.com Creative license aside, this film triumphs because it belongs enduringly to Basil Rathbone. Apr 6, 2006 Full Review Mark R. Leeper rec.arts.movies.reviews Rated: 3/5 Oct 18, 2005 Full Review Jake Euker F5 (Wichita, KS) Rated: 3/5 Jun 23, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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acsdoug D Given the restraints of 1930s technology and an obviously limited budget they still managed to put together a decent film. And of course, Rathbone is terrific. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 07/06/23 Full Review Chris M Basil Rathbone was always of the best actors to play the legendary character. But for some reason this franchise decided to dumb down Dr. Watson and the series degenerates to every entry being Holmes vs. Moriarty. But thankfully this being one of the first ones, it's not that predictable. This is a very good version of the book. But I wish they had the technology to give the Hound more scary appearance like later versions do. Not the best version but a damn great version. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 04/20/23 Full Review Jelisije J A nice slow paced classic original Sherlock Holmes film. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/13/23 Full Review Stephen C The best 01 hour: and 20 minutes ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Frances H The best version until the Jeremy Brett/Edward Hardwick one came along. Even with its flaws, the great cast made it work. I found it amusing that one critic on this page said it was "family friendly," when it ended with Sherlock saying, "Watson, the needle." Of course this was a direct reference to Sherlock's cocaine habit, which somehow escaped the censor, and shocked me the first time I heard it. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/19/22 Full Review robert p Nobody does Sherlock Holmes than Basil Rathbone and his trusty sidekick!!!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) is intrigued by a centuries-old legend in which every generation of the wealthy Baskerville family is eventually killed by a monstrous hound. Suspecting there is more to the story than meets the eye, he sends Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) to the estate to investigate. Sir Henry (Richard Greene), the only Baskerville left, is grateful for his help. But when a crazed convict escapes and footprints from a beast are found, Baskerville wonders if Watson will be enough.
Director
Sidney Lanfield
Producer
Gene Markey
Screenwriter
Ernest Pascal
Production Co
20th Century Fox
Genre
Mystery & Thriller
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Mar 24, 1939, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Nov 8, 2020
Runtime
1h 20m
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