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.

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