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Blu-ray Review: Peter Cushing And Christopher Lee Star In Hammer's THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES - Movies In Focus
It’s Holmes under the Hammer with this 1959 screen adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound Of The Baskervilles. This glorious Hammer production is a faithful adaptation of Doyle’s tale with Peter Cushing and Andre Morell starring as Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson. Christopher Lee takes on a sterling supporting role as Henry Baskerville, the last in a family line haunted (and hunted) by the demonic dog of the title. The Hound Of The Baskervilles is Arthur Conan Doyle’s most supernatural tinged Holmes story and it was the perfect material for Hammer to take on. Cushing makes a perfect Sherlock Holmes, bringing the right about of narcissism and glee to the role of Doyle’s legendary detective. Morell gives Watson a strength that the character never had when he was portrayed by Nigel Bruce, while Christopher Lee makes sure that his supporting role isn’t over shadowed by the leads. Hammer films were always luscious affairs and The Hound Of The Baskervilles is no exception. The studio may not have afforded their films the highest of budgets but they always made sure the money was on the screen. Director Terence Fisher steeps the film in gothic atmosphere upping the horror angle and giving the tale a Hammer make-over without [...]