The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)

USA, 1939
79m 39s (UK – theatrical), 79m 41s (UK – video), 80m
35mm, black and white, 1.37:1
mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic), English

An American horror film directed by Sidney Lanfield.

Plot Summary

and Dr Watson are called to Dartmoor to investigate threats against the life of Sir Henry Baskerville. They learn of a family curse, involving a huge, ghostly hound, that appears to be coming true. They uncover a plot to steal Baskerville's inheritance that dates back generations.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Sidney Lanfield
Copyright MCMXXXIX [1939] by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Twentieth Century-Fox presents. Released through Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
In Charge of Production: Darryl F. Zanuck
Associate Producer: Gene Markey
Screen Play by: Ernest Pascal
Adapted from “” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Photography: Peverell Marley
Film Editor: Robert Simpson
Musical Direction: Cyril J. Mockridge
Music: David Buttolph *, Charles Maxwell *, Cyril J. Mockridge *, David Raksin *
Sound: W.D. Flick, Roger Heman
Costumes: Gwen Wakeling
Art Direction: Richard Day, Hans Peters
Set Decorations: Thomas Little

Richard Greene (Sir Henry Baskerville)
Basil Rathbone (Sherlock Holmes)
Wendy Barrie (Beryl Stapleton)
Nigel Bruce (Dr Watson)
Lionel Atwill (Dr James Mortimer)
John Carradine (Barryman)
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)
Lionel Pape (coroner)
Nigel De Brulier (convict)
Mary Gordon (Mrs Hudson)
Ian Maclaren (Sir Charles)

Alternative Titles

Der Hund von Baskerville – Germany

Spider Woman (1944)
The Scarlet Claw (1944)

See also
Famous Movie (1940)



  • Catholic Film News vol.1 no.10 (August 1939) p.8 – review
  • Classic Images no.287 (May 1999) pp.26-27 – illustrated article (The Twentieth Century-Fox Sherlock Holmes Films by William M. Apple)
  • Film Weekly vol.22 no.560 (8 July 1939) p.31 – review
  • Kinematograph Weekly no.1670 (20 April 1939) – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.6 no.65 (31 May 1939) p.94 (USA) – credits, review (by D.E.B.)
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.134 no.13 (1 April 1939) – review