Cinema: The New Pictures: Apr. 3, 1939

The Hound of the Baskervilles

(Twentieth Century-Fox) exhibits the skyscraper profile of Basil Rathbone becomingly topped by the fore & aft cupola of fiction's most famed detective. Unlike his pipsqueak present-day imitators, who solve crimes while airing their wives' dogs, getting drunk or talking pidgin English, Sherlock Holmes was a literate patrician who always took his work seriously, permitting himself no distractions except an occasional shot of morphine when he was bored. For the Hays Production Code, according to which "the drug traffic should not be presented in any form," Basil Rathbone exhibits proper...

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