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Win The Hound Of The Baskervilles on Blu-ray

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Preview by Jack Foley

To celebrate the release of The Hound Of The Baskervilles – on Blu-ray (for the first time!), DVD, EST and DVD/Book gift set on May 30 – we are giving away a copy on Blu-ray.

The classic 1939 version of one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous and entertainingly macabre Sherlock Holmes stories, The Hound Of The Baskervilles, stars Basil Rathbone as Holmes and Nigel Bruce as his trusted sidekick Dr Watson.

Sherlock Holmes has proved an enduring favourite with audiences since Conan Doyle’s first story featuring the Baker Street detective was published in 1887.

More recently, interest has been revived with the hugely popular BBC series Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, as well as the big screen hits starring Robert Downey Jr; but the series of films starring Basil Rathbone are regarded by many to be the most faithful, and entertaining, of all the Holmes adaptations, and The Hound Of The Baskervilles is considered one of the very best.

The Hound Of The Baskervilles, about a titular beast plaguing an aristocratic family, marked Basil Rathbone’s debut as Sherlock Holmes. Arguably the greatest screen incarnation of the detective, he would go on to star in thirteen more Sherlock Holmes films and became world famous for the part, smoking a pipe and wearing his trademark deerstalker hat and cape.

Alongside him, Nigel Bruce made a memorably bumbling Dr Watson, providing comic relief to Holmes’s sleuthing. The success of this film paved the way for an unlikely but formidable cinematic pairing.

In supporting roles the film features such legendary actors as John Carradine (The Grapes Of Wrath), Wendy Barrie (The Private Life of Henry VIII) and Lionel Atwill, who would go on to play Holmes’s nemesis Moriarty in the 1942 film, Sherlock Holmes And The Secret Weapon, also starring Rathbone.

Despite the English setting, the film was made in California, and Rathbone and Bruce returned to the roles the same year in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, released a mere six months later.

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Win The Hound Of The Baskervilles on Blu-ray

To celebrate the release of The Hound Of The Baskervilles on Blu-ray for the first time from May 30, 2016, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 copy. Simply answer the following question…

Q. In which country was The Hound Of The Baskervilles? shot

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