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The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Family-friendly Sherlock classic still a critical favorite.

Movie NR 1939 80 minutes
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Kid viewers raised on fancy CGI monsters might expect more from the dreaded Hound when it finally shows up, though a toothsome close-up of the vicious dog makes for a bit of a thrill. In any case, it's Basil Rathbone who is the chief special effect.

This version of The Hound of the Baskervilles was a box-office hit, and Rathbone and Bruce would continue to reprise the iconic roles through more than a dozen follow-up films, which -- after the outbreak of WWII -- made an unexplained time-warp jump that put Holmes in the 20th century fighting German spies! Most critics rank this the best. It's not overly long, is nicely atmospheric, and it doesn't make Nigel Bruce's Watson too much of a cloddish comic-sidekick, as the later films in the series did (Watson in the stories is actually quite intelligent).

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