The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Richard Greene
Director: Sidney Lanfield Cast: Richard Greene
Richard Greene
, Basil Rathbone
Basil Rathbone
, Nigel Bruce
Nigel Bruce
Sidney Lanfield


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The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939) is surely the only movie directed by Sidney Lanfield that is ever likely to get the kind of deluxe treatment that it has been accorded on this DVD from MPI. Far and away the director's best movie, it still stands up well 60-plus years later, despite some flaws in its structure and some mild flatness to the direction. The new transfer (full-frame, of course, i.e. 1.33:1) brings out the virtues of the handsome 20th Century Fox production and the darkly atmospheric cinematography by J. Peverell Marley (as captured here, it's worth the price of the disc). The movie is enhanced by the presence of a commentary track by David Stuart Davies, a noted Holmes scholar and enthusiast, who walks us through the movie in his droll, British way, very different from the boundless enthusiasm displayed by Richard Valley in his commentary on The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (a DVD release which coincided with this film's issue). Davies is a little less attuned to the film's production than Valley, and closer to the literary side, which is fascinating in itself. He doesn't really slight the movie, as a subject, so much as start from the literary side; he does delve deeply into the layers and currents rippling through the movie. In addition to the commentary track, the movie is supported by a montage of still art and promotional and advertising materials set to music, and there are three reissue trailers, for Dressed to Kill, The House of Fear, and The Pearl of Death. None looks or sounds in terribly good shape, but all are fun to watch. The 13 chapters easily support and enhance the 80-minute movie. The disc opens up automatically to the multi-layered menu, which is a little bit harder to move around in, between the movie and the bonus features, than it needed to be.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/27/2004
UPC: 0030306755199
Original Release: 1939
Rating: NR
Source: Mpi Home Video
Region Code: 0
Time: 1:20:00
Sales rank: 9,769

Special Features

Audio commentary with David Stuart Davies; Selected theatrical trailers; Production notes by Richard Valley; Photo gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Greene Sir Henry Baskerville
Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes
Nigel Bruce Dr. Watson
Lionel Atwill James Mortimer, M.D.
John Carradine Barryman
Wendy Barrie Beryl Stapleton
Barlowe Borland Frankland
Beryl Mercer Mrs. Jenifer Mortimer
Morton Lowry John Stapleton
Ralph Forbes Sir Hugo Baskerville
E.E. Clive Cabby
Eily Malyon Mrs. Barryman
Nigel de Brulier Convict
Mary Gordon Mrs. Hudson
Peter Willes Roderick
Ivan Simpson Shepherd
Ian MacLaren Sir Charles
John Burton Bruce
Denis Green Jon
Evan Thomas Edwin
Lionel Pape Coroner
Harry Cording Actor

Technical Credits
Sidney Lanfield Director
Richard Day Art Director
W.D. Flick Sound/Sound Designer
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Gene Markey Associate Producer
J. Peverell Marley Cinematographer
Cyril Mockridge Musical Direction/Supervision
Ernest Pascal Screenwriter
Hans Peters Art Director
Robert L. Simpson Editor
Gwen Wakeling Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening [1:19]
2. Murder at the Baskervilles [2:37]
3. The Legend of the Hound [9:06]
4. Heir of the Dog [9:36]
5. What the Butler Saw [9:22]
6. The Great Grimpen Mire [4:26]
7. Despoiler of Graves [7:12]
8. The Mysterious Stranger [9:34]
9. Death on the Moor [3:59]
10. Family Ties [5:02]
11. His Last Bow-Wow [9:06]
12. Trapped! [7:44]
13. End Credits [:34]

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