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The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by Sidney Lanfield and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck and Gene Markey.

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DARK AND DEEP: THE GOTHIC HORROR BLOGATHON: The Hound of the Baskervilles, novel and 1939 film

on Oct 29, 2019 From Caftan Woman

Pale Writer Gabriela is giving us a Hallowe'en treat with Dark and Deep: The Gothic Horror Blogathon. Click HERE for your autumn chills. Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles with illustrations by Sidney Paget was serialized in The Strand Magazine in 1901/1902 and published as a no... Read full article

Watching 1939: The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)

on Apr 25, 2019 From Comet Over Hollywood

In 2011, I announced I was trying to see every film released in 1939. This new series chronicles films released in 1939 as I watch them.?As we start out this blog feature, this section may become more concrete as I search for a common thread that runs throughout each film of the year. Right now, tha... Read full article

1001 Classic Movies: The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)

By Amanda Garrett on Oct 20, 2017 From Old Hollywood Films

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939) is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. This mystery stars Nigel Bruce (left) as Dr. John Watson and Basil Rathbone as detective Sherlock Holmes. Each week, I'm going to recommend a classic movie you should see (for the reasons behind the 1001 series... Read full article

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939) with Basil Rathbone

By Greg Orypeck on Sep 5, 2015 From Classic Film Freak

Share This! ?Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!??? Dr. Mortimer (Lionel Atwill) to Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) Now, with the 2015 release of Mr. Holmes and a new, if older Sherlock Holmes in Ian McKellen, it seems appropriate to look back seventy-five years, to an earlier... Read full article

The Hound of the Baskervilles

By Barry P. on Mar 16, 2014 From Cinematic Catharsis

(1959) Directed by Terence Fisher; Written by: Peter Bryan; Based on the Novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; Starring: Peter Cushing, Andr? Morell, Christopher Lee, Marla Landi and Francis De Wolff. Available on DVD. Rating: *** ½ “I don’t know how he did it, short of be... Read full article

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James Mortimer, M.D.: Mr. Holmes, we've admired you in the past as does every Englishman. Your record as our greatest detective is known throughout the world. But this - seeing how you work - knowing that there is in England such a man as you gives us all a sense of safety and security. God bless you, Mr. Holmes!

Sherlock Holmes: Do you remember that missing boot, Watson? Why do you suppose the brown one, the one that had never been worn, was so mysteriously replaced and the black one taken?
Dr. Watson: Why?
Sherlock Holmes: Because the brown one would never have had the scent of the owner - and the black one had!

Sherlock Holmes: There are still some gaps to be filled, but all in all, things are becoming a little clearer.
Dr. Watson: Not to me, I assure you; it's all a hopeless jumble. Stapleton, Franklin, the Barrymans - put it all together and what have you got?
Sherlock Holmes: Murder, my dear Watson. Refined, cold-blooded murder.
Dr. Watson: Murder?
Sherlock Holmes: There's no doubt of it in my mind. Or perhaps I should say, my imagination. For that's where crimes are conceived and they're solved - in the imagination.

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Beryl Mercer, who played the medium Jennifer Mortimer in the film, died less than three months after the film's domestic release and before its international release.
While not entirely passive, Watson's original role was mostly as an observer of Holmes and the chronicler of his cases. With this film a new tradition began where Watson enjoyed equal billing with Holmes. In Nigel Bruce's hands the character became a comedic foil and a bit of a bumbler. Later interpretations would vary, but the character remained greater than literature's original enigma.
After being out of circulation for many years, partly because of the 1959 Hammer remake in Technicolor starring Peter Cushing, this film was restored and re-released to theaters in 1975 with great fanfare, to the point of having the national evening news do a story on it. The film was shown at its full 80-minute length, and newspaper and magazine articles commented on the fact that the line "Oh, Watson, the needle!", referring to Holmes' cocaine habit (and usually misquoted as "Quick, Watson, the needle!") was put back in after having been cut by the censors. As an added attraction, the studio added a rare sound film featurette which showed Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes books, talking about his creation.
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