The Hound of the Baskervilles movie playlist consists of 9 films made from 1939 to the present. One is an animation and one is a Lego stop-motion production.
The Hound of the Baskervilles is one of four novels written by Arthur Conan Doyle featuring Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. It is about an heir of a wealthy estate being haunted by a demonic dog that glowed in the dark.
Before I started this playlist, I didn’t know there were so many adaptations. I didn’t even include the audio recordings. Unfortunately, not all 9 listed here are full-length and the quality of some are wanting. They are free so I can’t complain.
Viewing them side by side, I can spot the differences between the films and from the novel itself.
1939 – Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Bruce Nigel as John Watson
1959 – Peter Cushing as Sherlock Holmes and Niger Stock as John Watson
1972 – Stewart Granger as Sherlock Holmes and Bernard Fox as John Watson
Not a great adaptation by the Americans, in my opinion. The music, costume and casting were all off for me.
1982 – Tom Baker as Sherlock Holmes and Terrence Rigby as John Watson
A BBC Miniseries broadcasted in 1982. It is a faithful adaptation except that Henry Baskerville seems way too old. The pace was a bit too slow for me. I found 6 clips for 3 out of the 4 episodes on Youtube. The other clips were missing from Youtube due to copyright restrictions for my region.
The entire miniseries is available on Amazon Prime with a paid subscription.
1983 – Ian Richardson as Sherlock Holmes and Donald Churchill as John Watson
I think Ian Richardson makes a convincing Sherlock Holmes. Henry Baskerville is portrayed by a young Martin Shaw.
1983 Sherlock Holmes and the Baskerville Curse Animation
Sherlock Holmes is voiced by Peter O’Toole which is what caught my attention.
1988 – Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes and Edward Hardwicke as John Watson
1999 – Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century Episode 3
This is a British/American animated television series in which Sherlock Holmes is brought back to life in the 22nd century.
2012 – Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as John Watson
The full episode is not free. The following is just a short clip where Sherlock reveals the secret behind the hound. It is quite a good twist from the original.
2015 – Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles Movie Lego Stop-Animation Version
This is an extremely good attempt by a small production team. Thoroughly enjoyable.