Hound of the Baskervilles, The (1983)

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The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Hound of the Baskervilles 1983 Poster.jpg
Modern Poster
Country UKD.jpg UK
Directed by Douglas Hickox
Release Date 1983
Studio Mapleton Films
Main Cast
Character Actor
Sherlock Holmes Ian Richardson
Dr. John Watson Donald Churchill
Sir Henry Baskerville Martin Shaw
Dr. Mortimer Denholm Elliott
Jack Stapleton Nicholas Clay
Beryl Stapleton Glynis Barber
Inspector Lestrade Ronald Lacey
Barrymore Edward Judd


The Hound of the Baskervilles is a British 1983 made for TV detective movie, based on the famous novel by Arthur Conan Doyle. It is directed by Douglas Hickox and stars Ian Richardson as Sherlock Holmes and Donald Churchill as Dr. Watson. This is the first of two 1983 Holmes movies with Ian Richardson, followed by The Sign of Four.


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

Contents


Revolvers

Webley .455 Mk VI

In several scenes, including the night scene in Baskerville Hall, Dr. John Watson (Donald Churchill) holds a Webley .455 Mk VI revolver, not fitting for the Victorian era.

Webley Mk VI - .455 Webley
Watson takes his revolver when he prepares to leave to Baskerville Hall, and carelessly points the gun at Holmes who mockingly raises hands.
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A good view of Watson's Webley Mk VI in the night scene in Baskerville Hall. Later, during the hunt for Selden, the revolver switches to Webley "WG" (see below).
Watson threatens the suspicious beggar, not knowing that this is disguised Holmes. His revolver again is a Mk VI.
The grip of Watson's revolver is seen when he and Holmes find tied Beryl Stapleton.

Webley "WG" Army Model

In the scenes on the marshes Dr. Watson's revolvers switches to a more appropriate Webley "WG" Army Model. Sherlock Holmes (Ian Richardson) takes Watson's revolver when he pursues Stapleton in the final scene.

Webley "WG" Army Model - .455 Webley
During the night hunt for Selden on the marshes, Watson holds a Webley "WG" revolver.
Watson fires at escaping Selden.
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Another view of Watson's revolver.
Watson fires at the hound. In the subsequent scene in Stapletons' house he again carries a Mk VI.
Holmes takes the revolver during the shootout with Stapleton on the marshes. Again this is "WG" model.
Holmes opens the revolver.
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Holmes pursues Stapleton in Grimpen Mire.
Watson holds the Webley WG revolver on a promotional image.

Webley .455 Mk III

In the final scene Jack Stapleton (Nicholas Clay) uses a compact Webley revolver of .455 series. Mk III seems to be the best guess though Mk IV or Mk V are also possible.

Webley Mk III - .455 Webley
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Stapleton fires at Holmes, Watson and Beryl.
Parts of the cylinder cam can be seen; their shape allows to exclude pre-Mk III models.

Rifles

Lee-Metford Mk. II / Lee-Enfield Mk. I

Soldiers, patrolling the countryside during the hunt after escaped convict Selden, carry Lee-Metford or pre-SMLE Lee-Enfield rifles (Lee-Metford Mk. II* and Lee-Enfield Mk. I are externally identical).

Lee-Enfield Mk. I - .303 British
Soldiers with rifles patrol the road.
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Soldiers carry their rifles.

Shotguns

Double Barreled Shotgun

Double Barreled Shotguns are seen in hands of police constables, patrolling the countryside.

Two constables hold shotguns at the bottom left.

Other Weapons

Cane Gun

A cane gun is used by disguised Stapleton (Nicholas Clay) in an attempt on Sir Henry Baskerville. The cane gun is loaded with a revolver cartridge.

Real .38 cane gun (manufacturer unknown).
Stapleton opens the cane...
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...and loads a revolver cartridge that looks like a Webley .455 Mk I.
Stapleton opens the muzzle of the cane gun.
He prepares to shoot at Sir Henry.
The trigger is seen.
Holmes examines the cane gun.
The cane gun in hands of Sir Henry.


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