The Hound Of The Baskervilles

  • 1932
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Mystery

This first sound version of the classic Doyle mystery was produced by a very young Balcon, who would later go on to produce dozens of fine British films, including Alfred Hitchcock's THE THIRTY-NINE STEPS. The result is a flawed effort, hampered by some questionable casting decisions (Rendel made a husky, imposing Holmes, much different in appearance from...read more

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This first sound version of the classic Doyle mystery was produced by a very young Balcon, who would later go on to produce dozens of fine British films, including Alfred Hitchcock's THE THIRTY-NINE STEPS. The result is a flawed effort, hampered by some questionable casting decisions

(Rendel made a husky, imposing Holmes, much different in appearance from the character in Doyle's novels) and a routine, overly melodramatic treatment. One of the positive elements of this version is the dialog, which was penned by famed mystery writer Wallace, who lent his flair for snappy,

telling exchanges, while retaining the flavor of Doyle's original. The plot itself is a fairly straightforward telling of the story that embroils Holmes and Watson in a search for the mysterious glowing beast that haunts the swamps of Dartmoor and preys on the Baskerville clan. This version of THE

HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES was thought to be "lost" for many years (reportedly only a few short sequences remained, and the soundtrack was thought to have completely disappeared), but a few prints still exist in private collections.

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