The most frequently filmed of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes novels, The Hound of the Baskervilles was afforded an excellent screen adaptation in 1917 by German director Richard Oswald. Displaying his usual fondness for remaking his previous successes, Oswald filmed a remake of Hound in 1929, with the saturnine Carlyle Blackwell inappropriately cast as Holmes. A literal adaptation of the Doyle original, this tale of a young man who may or may not be foredoomed by a family curse offered few surprises for Holmes buffs in particular and film fans in general. The best scenes take place in the Grimpen Moor, with the hapless Henry Baskerville at the mercy of a phosphorescent "phantom" hound -- and an unknown human villain. Hound of the Baskervilles was the last of the many silent Sherlock Holmes adaptations: the next Conan Doyle derivation, 1929's The Return of Sherlock Holmes, was 100% all-talkie.
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