The Hound of the Baskervilles

1939 NR 1h 20m DVD

The Hound of the Baskervilles

1939 NR 1h 20m DVD
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Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) unravels a mystery involving an evil dog that kills all descendants of the Baskervilles at night on the moor. When Sir Henry Baskerville (Richard Greene) arrives at his ancestral home after the death of Sir Charles Baskerville, Dr. Mortimer (Lionel Atwill) tells him about the mythical canine. Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) protects Baskerville while Holmes sniffs around. Wendy Barrie co-stars in the classic drama.
Richard Greene, Basil Rathbone, Wendy Barrie, Nigel Bruce, Lionel Atwill, John Carradine, Barlowe Borland, Beryl Mercer, Morton Lowry, Eily Malyon, E.E. Clive
Sidney Lanfield
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital Mono
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 10+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 10+
age 10+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that (generally non-graphic) violence in this Sherlock Holmes adaptation includes a dog mauling, a few shootings, and an attempted poisoning. Closing line, "Watson, the needle," is a faint clue about the notorious recreational cocaine use by Conan Doyle's hero Holmes, who in the stories called for the drug to come down from his natural "high" of solving a mystery. Watson smokes tobacco throughout; other characters drink regularly. This was the first of the Basil Rathbone-Nigel Bruce adventures; they fell into public domain and are carried on cheap video labels -- beware of inferior picture and sound quality.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


A dog attack. Guns brandished and people (and animals) shot at.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Sherlock Holmes' character remains an idealization of superior intellect and problem-solving through careful observation, anticipation, and deductive logic (though he would later have strong competition from Mr. Spock from Star Trek in that department).


An entire fleet of Basil Rathbone-Nigel Bruce Homes/Watson adventures were produced after this, and there are, of course, other versions of the same characters.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Much polite social drinking. Watson smokes pipes. A blink-and-you'll-miss-it reference to Sherlock's regular recreational IV-drug use.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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