Combustible Celluloid
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With: Peter Cushing, André Morell, Christopher Lee, Marla Landi, David Oxley, Francis de Wolff, Miles Malleson, Ewen Solon, John Le Mesurier, Helen Goss, Sam Kydd, Michael Hawkins
Written by: Peter Bryan, based on a novel by Arthur Conan Doyle
Directed by: Terence Fisher
MPAA Rating: NR
Running Time: 87
Date: 05/04/1959

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Let Loose the Pack

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

This is my favorite of the movies adapted from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novel, and the first one in color. It's also one of the best movies to come from the beloved Hammer Studios' horror line. Peter Cushing makes a great Sherlock Holmes, and even looks like the character; it's a role he was born to play. Christopher Lee plays Sir Henry Baskerville, leaving André Morell in the role of Doctor Watson. The plot, of course, has Holmes investigating the legend of a murderous hellhound on the moors. Terence Fisher, the most beloved of the Hammer horror directors, is at the helm.

Kino Lorber released a 2017 DVD (but no Blu-ray) to put the movie back into circulation; MGM's 2002 DVD release is still around, but out of print. It comes with a batch of somewhat related trailers (ranging from Billy Wilder's The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes to Boris Karloff in The Crimson Cult), plus Joe Dante in a "Trailers from Hell" episode (for The Skull), and a wonderful 13-minute interview with Christopher Lee.

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