Murder at the Baskervilles (July, 1937)
Released in July, 1937: Twenty years after solving the Hound of the Baskervilles, Sherlock Holmes and Watson return for a holiday, but soon discover a double murder to solve.
Directed by Thomas Bentley
Written by Arthur Conan Doyle, H. Fowler Mear and Arthur Macrae.
The Actors: Arthur Wontner (Sherlock Holmes), Ian Fleming (Doctor Watson), Lyn Harding (Professor Moriarty), John Turnbull (Inspector Lestrade), Robert Horton (Colonel Ross), Lawrence Grossmith (Sir Henry Baskerville), Judy Gunn (Diana Baskerville), Arthur Macrae (Jack Trevor), Arthur Goullet (Colonel Sebastian Moran), Martin Walker (James Straker), Eve Gray (Mrs. Mary Straker), Gilbert Davis (Miles Stanford), Minnie Rayner (Mrs. Hudson), D.J. Williams (Silas Brown), Ralph Truman (Bert Prince), O.B. Clarence (estate agent), Syd Crossley (Sam Silver), Danny Green (Barton, Moriarty's henchman), Aubrey Mallalieu (doctor at the stables), Ronald Shiner (Simpson the stable boy).
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Growing up in small towns meant that horses were farm animals to me, and not much more. As a child I was never exposed to horse racing, betting, or any of the attendant excitement. My only exposure to horse racing was as a young married fellow in Cleveland, Ohio. Back then there were two horse racing facilities near Cleveland, one featured traditional thoroughbred racing like we see in many of the old movies. I never visited this racetrack because all of the racing happened during weekday afternoons, and I was usually working then. But there was also a harness racing track in the outskirts of town, and a half dozen times my second wife and I and another couple would spend a Friday evening at the track to enjoy the evening air and each other's company. In my mind it was about the same as spending the evening going out to dinner and a movie - and cost about the same. We would bet $2 on each race, picking horses because of their name, or anything else that struck our fancy. A couple of cold beers and hot dogs as the evening went along made it a fun evening. I have no memory of ever winning anything near the money we spent, but after all, it was never about winning or losing, it was about spending quality time with people that I loved. I never got the gambling bug that seems to infect so many people, like a couple of the people in this murder mystery.
Sherlock Holmes is at it again as Arthur Wontner, often proclaimed as the most authentic actor to portray the Arthur Conan Doyle detective, shows us the elementary deductions in solving murder and chicanery at one of England's biggest horse races. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn and get ready for a puzzling set of murders as Holmes' arch rival Doctor Moriarty once again gives Holmes a run for his money.
Arthur Wontner and John Turnbull
Arthur Wontner and Lawrence Grossman
Arthur Wontner as Sherlock Holmes
D.J. Williams and Arthur Wontner
Danny Green and Lyn Harding
Ian Fleming and Arthur Wontner
Ian Fleming as Dr. Watson
Judy Gunn and Arthur Macrae
Lawrence Grossmith and Arthur Macrae
Lyn Harding as Doctor Moriarty