The Hound of the Baskervilles (1932 film)

The Hound of the Baskervilles is a 1932 British mystery film directed by Gareth Gundrey and starring John Stuart, Robert Rendel and Frederick Lloyd.[1] It is based on the novel The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle, in which Sherlock Holmes is called in to investigate a suspicious death on Dartmoor. It was made by Gainsborough Pictures.[2] The screenplay was written by Edgar Wallace.[3]

The Hound of the Baskervilles
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Directed byGareth Gundrey
Produced byMichael Balcon
Written byEdgar Wallace
Based onthe novel by Arthur Conan Doyle
StarringJohn Stuart
Robert Rendel
Frederick Lloyd
CinematographyBernard Knowles
Edited byIan Dalrymple
Distributed byGaumont British Distributors (UK)
Release date
10 April 1932 (London)
Running time
72 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


The first sound version of The Hound of the Baskervilles, it had a budget of £25,000.[4]

On 28 February 1931 Lustleigh railway station, on the then-Great Western Railway, was used as the location for 'Baskerville' station at which Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are seen arriving.[5]

For many years, it was believed that only the (silent) picture negative of this movie still existed.[3] However, in 1991, a complete set of negatives and soundtracks were donated to the British Film Institute (BFI) by the Rank Corporation. As such, the film now survives intact (and with sound) in the BFI archives.[6]



Contemporary reviews found the film lacking.[7] Bioscope claimed "It is upon the dialogue of Edgar Wallace rather than sustained action that the producer relies to hold his audience, and the development becomes tedious in the attempt to piece together the various phases of the mystery."[2] Picturegoer said "this picture fails to do justice to Conan Doyle's thrilling Sherlock Holmes story."[2]


  1. "The Hound of the Baskervilles". BFI.
  2. Barnes, Alan (2011). Sherlock Holmes on Screen. Titan Books. pp. 77–78. ISBN 9780857687760.
  3. Eyles, Allen (1986). Sherlock Holmes: A Centenary Celebration. Harper & Row. p. 81. ISBN 0-06-015620-1.
  4. "BRITISH FILMS". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 5 June 1931. p. 2. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  5. The Railway Magazine no.407 (May 1931) Pages 412 & 418
  6. BFI Collection Search
  7. Bunson, Matthew (1997). Encyclopedia Sherlockiana. Simon & Schuster. p. 125. ISBN 0-02-861679-0.
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