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Sherlock Holmes: The Red Headed League (December 27, 1954)

Sherlock Holmes: The Red Headed League (December 27, 1954)

“… the very remarkable narrative of the Red-Headed League.”

– The Red-Headed League (REDH)

In 1954, Ronald Howard and H. Marion Crawford would star as Holmes and Watson in 39 episodes of a syndicated Sherlock Holmes television series. The 30 minute episodes were produced by Sheldon Reynolds, who would later do another Holmes series, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, in 1980 and would reuse many of the same episodes.

Many of the stories in the series had similarities to the original stories of the Canon, but with subtle changes. Episode 11, The Red Headed League, is an excellent example of this. Based on The Red-Headed League, Jabez Wilson is referred to as a storekeeper, rather than a pawnbroker. Also, the character of John Clay is referred to as Vincent Spaulding and his alias as John Clay is never used in the episode.

This episode originally aired on December 27, 1954.

From Watson’s Tin Box: The Red-Headed League

From Watson’s Tin Box: The Red-Headed League

“Somewhere in the vaults of the bank of Cox and Co., at Charing Cross, there is a travel-worn and battered tin dispatch-box with my name, John H. Watson, MD, Late Indian Army, painted upon the lid.” – The Problem of Thor Bridge (THOR) Watson’s Tin Box, a BSI scion that meets in Columbia, Maryland, shares a few… Continue Reading

Data! Data! Data! – The Red-Headed League

Data! Data! Data! – The Red-Headed League

“‘Data! Data! Data!‘ he cried impatiently. ‘I can’t make bricks without clay.’” – The Adventures of The Copper Beeches (COPP) This column is composed of material (Data!) developed for a short course called Appreciating Sherlock Holmes that I teach twice a year in the Community Education Life Enrichment Program for a local community college.  It is… Continue Reading

The 17 Steps: The Red-Headed League

The 17 Steps: The Red-Headed League

Seventeen thoughts for further ponderance of the case at hand – The Red-Headed League (REDH) WHO GETS THE SETTEE? As Holmes interviews Jabez Wilson, Dr. Watson wanders in. The courteous pawnbroker, Wilson, half-rises. He looks at somebody with a question in his “fat-encircled eyes.” Next Holmes utters the words, “Try the settee.” In every previous… Continue Reading

From Watson’s Tin Box: The Beryl Coronet

From Watson’s Tin Box: The Beryl Coronet

“Somewhere in the vaults of the bank of Cox and Co., at Charing Cross, there is a travel-worn and battered tin dispatch-box with my name, John H. Watson, MD, Late Indian Army, painted upon the lid.” – The Problem of Thor Bridge (THOR) Watson’s Tin Box, a BSI scion that meets in Columbia, Maryland, shares a few… Continue Reading

The Haller Baking Company’s Sherlock Holmes Treasure Hunt Token

The Haller Baking Company’s Sherlock Holmes Treasure Hunt Token

“… when people bury treasure nowadays they do it in the Post Office bank.” – The Adventure of the Three Gables (3GAB)       Just before the Memorial Day holiday weekend, I received a letter from Gary Patterson, author of United States Swastika 1907-1936: Tokens, Medals, Watch Fobs & Good Luck Charms, asking if I was… Continue Reading

Hans Sloane and the British Museum – HistoryExtra Podcast Episode

Hans Sloane and the British Museum – HistoryExtra Podcast Episode

” I shall be the Hans Sloane of my age.” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) Back in June, we reported on the release of a new biography of Hans Sloane by James Delbourgo. A few weeks later, the website Historyextra released a podcast where Delbourgo was interviewed and questioned on his new work, Collecting the World.… Continue Reading