First in the Rathbone-Bruce Sherlock Holmes series, making disappointingly little of the baleful hound (Roy William Neill later provided much more imaginative direction). Highly enjoyable as a period thriller, nevertheless, with lovely support from Carradine and Atwill as a pair of richly sinister red herrings, and one scene enchantingly played by Bruce in which, unable to resist claiming to be Holmes in questioning a tramp, Watson has to pretend he knew all the time when the tramp reveals himself to be Holmes in disguise. This is the only film in the series to allude to Holmes' addiction, through his weary curtain-line aside: 'The needle, Watson!'
The Hound of the Baskervilles
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