The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)

Sherlock Holmes: Peter Cushing
Dr. Watson: Andre Morell
Year: 1959
Case: The Hound of the Baskervilles


I should point out that this was not the BBC movie of the same story with the same actor. I’m still trying to find that movie, as I’ve heard it’s the better version.

That being said, I still enjoyed this movie. I admit, it took me a few minutes to reconcile the fact that Holmes was a blond, but Peter Cushing’s performance soon transcended his hair colour.

The movie deviates from canon in several unusual ways (namely the sacrificial dagger, the tarantula, and the spiteful Spanish woman), but these small sensationalist aspects (meant to create a sense of 1950s macabre, I’m certain) were amusing enough that it didn’t take away from the story.

In fact, there were times when I thought they might deviate completely, in which case, I couldn’t be certain of the end and found myself constantly in a state of suspense. That was rather enjoyable, actually.

Mostly, though, I just liked the actors. Watson was bright and intelligent. Holmes was energetic and neurotic. I easily recognized them, which is not something I can say for a lot of adaptations.

I don’t really have too much else to add. I suspect, though, that so long as you don’t mind the liberties taken with canon, or the out-dated feel, that you’ll probably enjoy this movie. Cushing doesn’t quite match Brett (in my mind), but he still plays a very convincing Holmes.

Then, of course, there’s the best part of this movie. The final scene has Holmes and Watson sitting at the breakfast table, Holmes pouring Watson’s tea. My god is this a slashy scene. Actually, scratch that. It’s not so much slashy as it is ‘Holmes and Watson are completely married’.