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The Hound of the Baskervilles

Richard Oswald
Der Hund von Baskerville
Germany 1929 / 66’
Screening of a digitally reconstructed film with live music composed by Stefan Wesołowski
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With the mysterious death of Lord Charles Baskerville, the legend of a "ghost dog" persecuting members of the family returns. The heir of the deceased, Sir Henry, asks for help from Sherlock Holmes, who sends Dr. Watson to Baskerville Hall. The most important European adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's Dog of Baskerville at that time and the last silent film about the famous detective. Produced by a small Berlin-based studio with an international cast, it stands out for its skilfully conducted intrigue, sumptuous scenery and photography with visible inspirations from German Expressionism. It is the first film such film to actually appreciate Dr. Watson, who was previously only a background character. The film was considered lost until 2009, when it was found during the renovation of parish buildings in Sosnowiec. In 2018 it was digitally restored by FINA and the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. The basis for the reconstruction was an uncovered Czech 35 mm distribution copy and a French shortened version from Pathé-Baby. The film is still not complete: the missing section has been filled with a series of stills.

Katarzyna Wajda

Richard Oswald

Richard Oswald is a director, writer and producer who was born in Vienna in 1880. In 1906 he wrote the play the Hound of the Baskervilles and was the screenwriter of the first film adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's novel from 1914 (dir. Rudolf Meinert). He made his debut as a director in 1914 and two years later founded a production company in Germany. He specialized in adaptations of classic novels, but became famous as the author of the banned 1919 film Different from the Others (Anders als die Andern), which deals with homosexuality. Due to his Jewish origin, he had to leave Germany in 1933. He died in 1963.


1917 Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray

1919 Anders als die Andern

1929 Pies Baskerville’ów / Der Hund von Baskerville / The Hound of the Baskervilles

1932 Unheimliche Geschichten

1949 The Lovable Cheat

Cast & Crew

director Richard Oswald
screenplay Georg C. Klaren, Herbert Juttke, based on the novel by Arthur Conan Doyle
cinematography Frederik Fuglsang
cast Carlyle Blackwell, George Seroff, Fritz Rasp, Livio Pavanelli, Betty Bird, Alexander Murski
producer F.W. Kraemer
production Erda-Produktion
sales Filmoteka Narodowa – Instytut Audiowizualny / San Francisco Silent Film Festival
colouration b&w