The Hound of the Baskerville (1939)

Without Sir Arthur Conan Doyle there would be no Sherlock Holmes. One of the greatest fictional detectives of all time was created by the man born on May 22, 1859. In the many short stories that he had written about him, Arthur Conan Doyle made people smile and wonder what would happen next. In several movies, Sherlock Holmes would be remembered. In the 1930 movie The Hound of the Baskerville, was based on one of most iconic pieces of work involving Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are called away to watch upon a young man who is believed to be in danger due to a curse. However, Sherlock is a little too busy and asks Dr. Watson to go in his stead. At the insistence of Dr. James Mortimer, Watson watches after Sir Henry Baskerville. We learn of the curse of the Baskerville involving a hound that is brought upon by a demonic dog that had killed his ancestor. Throughout the years the hound has haunted the Baskerville name. Watson and Henry become close acquaintances waiting for the arrival of Holmes. Watson discovers that Sherlock has been living on the grounds waiting for the right moment to appear. Sherlock explains that he knows something more sinister is going on, but knew that his footsteps would be tracked. With the death of a man believed to be the murderer, Sherlock and Watson decide to “leave” for London. However, Holmes knows better telling Watson that Henry is in danger. But, Holmes has to catch him in the act in order to prove who the villain is. Meanwhile, back at Baskerville Hall, Henry announces his engagement to Beryl Stapleton who lives across the moors with her stepbrother. It is revealed that Beryl’s stepbrother is behind the murders that have been happening. When Sherlock and Watson arrive, they are able to stop him by exposing him. Much to the shock of everyone their, he is arrested with peace and happiness being restored to the Baskervilles after all of these years.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created the most iconic detective of all time in his works. Sherlock Holmes is known as one of the greatest detectives to ever grace literature. In the 1939 movie The Hound of the Baskerville we are introduced to the detective portrayed by Basil Rathbone as the lead. In his role as Sherlock Holmes, Basil Rathbone is able to bring Doyle’s detective to life like no other.


Rope2.jpgOn May 21st, 1924 two popular college students from wealthy families did the unthinkable. Known today as thrill kills, a young boy became the target of these two’s dream of pulling off the perfect crime. Richard Loeb and Nathan Leoplold killed a young boy, Bobby Franks, just because they thought they were smarter than everyone else. In the Alfred Hitchcock movie Rope, the vile act that these two committed is played out, but in a much different way.

Right from the start we know that a murder has taken place. Brilliant college students Brandon Shaw and Phillip Morgan kill┬átheir classmate David by strangling him. From there they dump his body in a antique wooden chest. With a party starting later that night they decide to set up the chest as a table for their dinner guests. As the guests arrive they tell him that David would be arriving shortly. One of the guests is David’s girlfriend who is disappointed he didn’t show up. However, the guests don’t realize that he is dead in the antique chest that they have been using as a table. When Rupert Cadell arrives, Brandon and Phillip have a change of attitude towards him. Rupert had discussed with the class the art of murder, among other things. Unbeknownst to Rupert, he has inadvertently inspired them to murder their classmate by pulling off the perfect crime. As the party dies down, Rupert starts to find things around the apartment showing that David had been their earlier. Yet, when he questions Brandon and Phillip they deny him ever being their. When everyone has left, Rupert comes back to the Brandon and Phillips knowing that they haven’t been honest with them. Eventually, Rupert discovers the truth about David and tells Brandon and Phillip they have done the unthinkable. In shock, Rupert calls the police with the movie ending as the police sirens approach the house.

On May 21, 1924, Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold committed a shocking crime that would only shock the world around them. By committing a murder just to show the world that they are smarter than everyone. In Alfred Hitchcock’s movie Rope, the same type of crime is committed, but in a different way. But, the same motive behind the killing was to show the perfect crime.