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The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Old-school take on classic story offers thrills, not gore.

Movie NR 1959 89 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 12+

Language is present

Just think it’s worth noting that there IS language present. At the very beginning a woman is called a b**** and the word d**n is used a couple times.

This title has:

Too much swearing
age 11+

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Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Horror-film fans in particular cherish this satisfying version of this Sherlock Holmes story, partially for the lush color and respect for the original characters. (Hollywood had stereotyped Dr. Watson as foolish sidekick, while he's intelligent here, as Arthur Conan Doyle intended.). But mainly fans like The Hounds of the Baskervilles because it cast actors better-known for playing Dracula or Dr. Frankenstein in bloodier flicks. The familiar troupers easily switch to more heroic roles, even if -- rather surprisingly -- the supernatural elements aren't particularly intense, and the dreaded Hound makes only a brief appearance.

In the tradition of great whodunits, nearly everybody seems shifty and suspicious at one point or another, and the fairly short running time is just about right; any longer and the wordy script and formal direction would have been an encumbrance. Peter Cushing later reprised the role of Holmes in the less well-known Masks of Death, while Christopher Lee played the character in Sherlock Holmes and the Incident at Victoria Falls and Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady -- and Sherlock's own brother in The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes.

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