Review: ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’

The Hound of the Baskervilles retains all of the suspensefully dramatic ingredients of Conan Doyle's popular adventure of Sherlock Holmes. It's a startling mystery-chiller developed along logical lines without resorting to implausible situations and over-theatrics.

The Hound of the Baskervilles retains all of the suspensefully dramatic ingredients of Conan Doyle’s popular adventure of Sherlock Holmes. It’s a startling mystery-chiller developed along logical lines without resorting to implausible situations and over-theatrics.

Doyle’s tale of mystery surrounding the Baskerville castle is a familiar one. When Lionel Atwill learns that Richard Greene, heir to the estate, is marked for death, he calls in Basil Rathbone.

Rathbone gives a most effective characterization of Sherlock Holmes. Greene, in addition to playing the intended victim of the murderer, is the romantic interest opposite Wendy Barrie.

Chiller mood generated by the characters and story is heightened by effects secured from sequences in the medieval castle and the dreaded fogbound moors. Low key photography by Peverell Marley adds to suspense.

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Production

20th Century-Fox. Dir Sidney Lanfield; Producer Gene Markey; Screenplay Ernest Pascal; Camera Peverell Marley; Editor Robert Simpson; Music Cyril J. Mockridge Art Dir Richard Day, Hans Peters

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1939. Running time: 78 MIN.

With

Richard Greene Basil Rathbone Nigel Bruce Lionel Atwill John Carradine Wendy Barrie
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