Aly Wepplo, Media and Digital Librarian, recommends Der Hund Von Baskerville (The Hound of the Baskervilles), a silent film directed by Richard Oswald.
I’m thrilled to be a part of The Liberty Theatre Company’s upcoming play, The Hound of the Baskervilles. It’s a modern adaptation of the classic Sherlock Holmes mystery, and it’s brought to life by just three actors – playing almost 20 parts.
The story is a classic of English literature. In it, Holmes and Watson investigate the legend of a supernatural hound who haunts the moors surrounding Baskerville Hall. Sir Charles, the hound’s most recent victim, died of a heart attack as he fled in terror from the beast. Now Henry, Charles’ nephew, has come to carry on the family name. But something’s afoot in the sleepy village surrounding the Hall, and Henry’s life is clearly at risk. Can our heroes solve the mystery before the hound claims another victim?
In the staged version, I play Dr. Watson, Holmes’ closest friend and confidant. It’s been a delight to research the archetypical Watson, and what better place to research than the Community Library? I studied Sidney Paget’s illustrations in the original book, of course, and I was delighted to discover Der Hund Von Baskerville (The Hound of the Baskervilles), a silent film available on Kanopy. Der Hund…, produced in 1914, is the first film adaptation of Doyle’s book. It strays quite a bit from the original plot, but it is delightful to see its silent movie magic crafted with sound effects, music, and a dog in a sparkly cape.
Watch the movie on Kanopy. or check out this title in print, ebook and eaaudiobook here.
And get tickets to the show at https://www.libertytheatrecompany.org/.