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The Hound of the Baskervilles (1972)

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The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Hound of the Baskervilles 1972.jpg
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Barry Crane
Release Date 1972
Studio Universal Television
Main Cast
Character Actor
Sherlock Holmes Stewart Granger
Dr. John Watson Bernard Fox
Sir Henry Baskerville Kenny Ireland (as Ian Ireland)
George Stapleton William Shatner
Dr. Mortimer Anthony Zerbe
Beryl Stapleton Jane Merrow
Inspector Lestrade Alan Caillou
Barrymore Brendan Dillon

The Hound of the Baskervilles is an American 1972 made for TV detective movie, based on the famous novel by Arthur Conan Doyle. It is directed by Barry Crane and stars Stewart Granger as Sherlock Holmes and Bernard Fox as Dr. Watson.

The following weapons were used in the film The Hound of the Baskervilles:


Bulldog Revolver

A snub nose revolver in Bulldog or RIC style is reused throughout the movie, seen in hands of Stapleton (William Shatner), Inspector Lestrade (Alan Caillou), as escaped convict and a prison guard. The revolver has faceted barrel and fluted cylinder.

Webley RIC - .450. A version with short faceted barrel, generally similar with the screen gun.
Stapleton holds a revolver when he secretly spies Sir Henry in London. Note that the cylinder is darker than the frame; this feature allows to guess that similar revolvers in other scenes are just a single reused prop.
Webley-style ejector is seen.
An escaped convict fires same looking revolver (unlike the original novel, there are three escapees, including Seldon).
A prison guard fires same looking revolver.
Lestrade (at the left) holds same looking revolver in the climactic scene.

Colt Model 1877 Lightning

Dr. Watson (Bernard Fox) carries a revolver that turns out to be a nickel plated Colt Model 1877 Lightning, lacking the ejector rod with its housing and the front sight. This is most likely a .38 version.

Colt Lightning, similar to the one used by Val Kilmer in Tombstone, with a full-length ejector rod housing.
Watson holds his revolver when he unsuccessfully watches for Barrymores. Note the lack of the ejector rod.
Another view of the revolver. Note the lack of the front sight.
Another view of the scene.
Watson holds his revolver in the following night in Baskerville Hall.
A closeup of the revolver.
Watson fires at the hound.


Double Barreled Shotgun

Arthur Frankland (John Williams) meets Watson with a Double Barreled Shotgun.



In one scene prison guards who hunt for escaped convicts fire a field cannon to bring up the body of an escapee who drowned in a pond. It was a real (and based only on preconceptions) practice in UK and USA in 19th century, described among others by Mark Twain in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn".

When firing, this Napoleonic-style cannon doesn't recoil that would be with a real cannon.

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