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The Hound of Baskervilles original is released (1939)

The Hound of Baskervilles original is released (1939)

The Hound of Baskervilles was groundbreaking for its time. Released in 1939, it is the first adaptation of the classic Arthur Conan Doyle novel of the same name and stars Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson. This two-man cast combined with a clever screenplay by Ernest Pascal made The Hound of Baskervilles an instant success and brought the detectives to life like never before.

Directed by Sidney Lanfield, the movie is delightfully scripted, with some clever twists and turns to keep viewers at the edge of their seats throughout. Nominated for Best Sound Recording at the 1939 Academy Awards, this movie truly opened up a new dimension in mystery genre cinema. Additionally, its contributions to mainstream media have been described as “unparalleled” by many in the industry, and it even received a special commendation from Variety magazine declaring it one of the greatest films ever made! The Hound of Baskervilles will forever remain an iconic classic that continues to inspire today’s filmmakers through its well-crafted characters, spine-tingling plot jokes and wonderfully suspenseful story-telling.

Celebrate this masterpiece using these resources whilst remembering the iconic detective!

Activity Ideas:

  • Challenge yourself with Sherlock Holmes cases word search – here
  • Have a go at our Sherlock Holmes Actors Activity – here
  • Print off and enjoy Sherlock Holmes Activity Book – here