Review: ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’

This first Sherlock Holmes pic in color takes place in the desolate setting of Dartmoor. The private eye and his faithful stooge, Doctor Watson, are called in following the mysterious slaying of Sir Charles Baskerville. It's thought that his successor, Sir Henry, may meet the same fate.

This first Sherlock Holmes pic in color takes place in the desolate setting of Dartmoor. The private eye and his faithful stooge, Doctor Watson, are called in following the mysterious slaying of Sir Charles Baskerville. It’s thought that his successor, Sir Henry, may meet the same fate.

It is difficult to fault the performance of Peter Cushing, who looks, talks and behaves in precisely the way approved by the Sherlock Holmes Society. Andre Morell is also a very good Watson – stolid, reliable and not as stupidly bovine as he is sometimes depicted. Christopher Lee has a fairly colorless role as the potential victim of the legendary hound, but he plays it competently. Miles Malleson contributes most of the rare humor with one of his first class studies, as a bumbling bishop.

Terence Fisher’s direction captures the eeriness of the atmosphere. Some of the settings are a shade stagey but Jack Asher’s lensing also helps to build up the dank gloom of the Dartmoor area.

The Hound of the Baskervilles

UK

Production

Hammer. Dir Terence Fisher; Producer Anthony Hinds; Screenplay Peter Bryan; Camera Jack Asher; Editor James Needs; Music James Bernard Art Dir Bernard Robinson

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1959. Running time: 88 MIN.

With

Peter Cushing Andre Morell Christopher Lee Marla Landi Miles Malleson David Oxley

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