A Rathbone fan in Spain, Jaime Gabaldà Méndez, has sent me a drawing that he made for Basil Rathbone’s 125th birthday. I’m sharing it with everyone here:
This is Jaime’s explanation of the drawing:
We are in 1939, in the set of The Hound of the Baskervilles. A behind-the scenes candid moment. The movie set reproduces the beautiful Devon countryside in the South-West of England, near Dartmoor and the South Devon coast under a full moon night. An area or mystery and legend.
We can see the main characters of the movie celebrating Basil Rathbone Birthday. They are dancing in a kind of “Ring around the Rosie”, the classic nursery rhyme that was favorite of children of past times. They are dancing together, hand to hand around Birthday delicious cake. Happy faces, following the rhyme. So cute!
The happy dancers of this countryside are Basil Rathbone dressed in tweed as Sherlock Holmes with his deerstalker and his foulard of vivid colors on his neck, besides him, on his right Nigel Bruce as good old Doctor Watson and Mary Gordon as Mrs. Hudson, the landlady of 221b Baker Street. On his left, Richard Greene as young and handsome Sir Henry Baskerville and Wendy Barrie as charming Beryl Stapleton, love interest of the new baronet, heir of Baskerville hall, both in their riding clothing. In front of us, Selden the convict, dressed in rags and John Carradine as faithful butler, skinny Barryman.
Wait a moment… Just wait a moment… there is another guest in this party! Look on the tree, on the top of the tree! There is an unexpected guest! The spectral hound of the Baskervilles shining in the night although in this case, this puppy is happy too and I am sure that the beast is gentle as a lamb. He is smiling too, delighted to be participating in the Birthday party among the other dancers. This is the Magic of Old Hollywood, where anything is possible!