Tuesday, 5 January 2010

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)

The first of the Sherlock Holmes films starring Basil Rathbone, this is very different to the 2009 Sherlock Holmes movie, but definitely a good film in its own right. A tale of an ancient beast and a cursed hereditary in deepest Dartmoor, it has plenty of atmosphere and an ending that you almost definitely won't guess (well, not completely).

There are some nice humorous touches in the film, though I'm never very happy when Watson (played here by Nigel Bruce) is portrayed as a bumbling idiot. He does have one or two moments of elucidation here, but basically he blunders along from one mistake to the next. The dashing young Lord whose life is endangered is here played by Richard Greene, and among the other cast members are Wendy Barrie, Lionel Atwill and Morton Lowry.

A good production, directed by Sidney Lanfield, and an encouraging first film in the series. We've got a box set of 12 films, so expect more Sherlock Holmes movies to be mentioned on this blog soon...

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