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Basil’s 125th Birthday!

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!




  1. I used to be a mikufan but ayyy says

    So glad it’s still up and running! 💖

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  2. GRETCHEN says

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    Sorry I didn’t post this on your ACTUAL Birthday, Baz….
    Here’s a SPECIAL POEM I wrote just 4-U:
    There was once a Man
    Who Never knew
    The Importance
    Of his Purpose on Earth
    The Significance
    Of his Role as a Human

    Who Never perceived
    How Much
    He was Needed
    Or wanted
    Or desired
    Or LOVED

    Because He Couldn’t

    Who Never understood
    The Internal Meaning
    Of his Life
    Of his Sacred duty
    To his fellow Man

    The Great Potential
    Of his Worth
    Of his Being
    Of his Existence
    Of his Presence

    Because He Couldn’t

    Then one Day
    He discovered
    The Truth of
    WHY he was
    WHO he was

    NOT for
    His Career
    His Renown
    His Successes
    His Possessions

    Or ANY things
    Of this Nature
    But for
    Something MORE

    His eyes were
    Finally opened
    To the Reality
    To the Reason

    When he Saw
    The Dearness
    The Gentleness
    The Preciousness
    The very Nakedness
    Of his own SOUL

    At the Moment when
    After living Long
    With a Humble Heart
    With a Quiet Spirit
    He at last Knew

    Because in time
    Through The Gates
    Of Eternity
    Through The Eyes
    Of His Creator

    He COULD
    Your Buddy,

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