Der Hund von Baskerville (movie 1929)

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The Hound of the Baskervilles (1929)
George Serov as Dr. Watson
George Serov as Dr. Watson (© Deutsches Filminstitut)

The Hound of the Baskervilles is a German silent [1] movie released on 28 august 1929 and produced by Erda-Film GmbH starring Carlyle Blackwell Sr. (Sherlock Holmes) and George Serov (Dr. Watson). 5 acts. 1415 meters.

Other titles:

  • O Cão dos Baskervilles (Brazil)
  • Il cane di Baskerville (Italy)
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (USA)

Survival Status : Filmoteka Narodowa, Warsaw. Copy found in the basement of the Saint Andrew parish, belonging to Father Jerszy Barszcz deceased in Sosnowiec (south Poland) in 2004. It seems that the films were hidden as Pope Pius X had banned the showing and storage of films on church property in 1913 under threat of excommunication so this priest kept them hidden rather than throwing them away. They were found by chance when another priest smelled a strange odour coming from some metal containers in the cellar and when he opened them he found that they contained nitrate film reels. All together, 10 films were found along with a projector. (source : Howard Ostrom). See also Der Hund von Baskerville – Auf der Spur eines verschollenen Films (The Hound of the Baskervilles - On the trail of a lost film) a 2013 thesis by Benedikt Grawe (University of Vienna).



  • Director : Richard Oswald
  • Producers : Fred Lyssa, F. W. Kraemer, Siegfried Dessauer
  • Screenplay : Herbert Juttke, Georg C. Klaren
  • Cinematography : Frederik Fuglsang
  • Art directors : Gustav A. Knauer, Willy Schiller


Chronicle of cinematic life of the Russian diaspora, by Rashit Yangirov

  • Berlin. The premiere of the film "The Hound of the Baskervilles" / "Der Hund von Baskerville" (directed by Richard Oswald, with the participation of Alexander Mirsky, George Serov etc). From a letter written by George Serov: « I am now in Germany, in the city of Berlin, and I play Dr. Watson in "The Hound of the Baskervilles" by Arthur Conan Doyle. And then I'll do another movie, and then another, and then another, and then another - until 1 October, and back to France." (Latest News (Paris) 1929, 28 October). (Vol. 1, p. 513, 28 august 1929)
  • During a rehearsal at the "Atelier" theater, George Serov died. (Revival of 1929, 26 September, Latest News (Paris), 26 september 1929; Illustrated Russia 1929, number 41). (Vol. 1, p. 518, 1929, September 24)
  • Paris, Cinema des Capucines. Showing the German film "Der Hund von Baskerville" (directed by Richard Oswald, with the participation of Alexander Mirsky, George Serov etc). From Review: "Aged, strong decoration, very well chosen by nature, beautiful weather and the fine artistic acting - all together makes this essentially criminal detective movie an exemplary work of art." (Revival of 1930, May 24,. Latest News (Paris) 1930, 27 June). (Vol. 2, 1930 June 27)

  1. with sounds but no speaking.

  • Ackbnowledgement: Alexander Orlov