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Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb

Radio Broadcast of The Engineer’s Thumb – May 17, 1960

Radio Broadcast of The Engineer’s Thumb – May 17, 1960

“The story has, I believe, been told more than once …”

– The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb

Your editor has a fondness for Old Time Radio and from time to time, we are able to share recording of some of the older Sherlock Holmes radios that have a tie-in to numismatics. On May 17, 1960 the BBC broadcasted The Case of the Engineer’s Thumb featuring Carleton Hobbs as Sherlock Holmes and Norman Shelley as Doctor Watson.

The duo of Hobbs and Shelley would record 56 stories between 1952 and 1969. The first 18 episodes between 1952 and 1958 were recorded for BBC’s Children’s Hour, with the post 1959 episodes being recorded for an adult audience.

Hobbs has the distinction of being the only radio actor to portray Watson, Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle. A 1943 BBC broadcast of the Boscombe Valley Mystery had him as Watson and he would portray Doyle in a 1972 BBC dramatization of the George Edalji case.

The Case of the Shoeless Engineer – January 3, 1955

The Case of the Shoeless Engineer – January 3, 1955

“… I have lost my thumb, and I have lost a fifty-guinea fee, and what have I gained!” – The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb (ENGR) 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… Continue Reading

Data! Data! Data! – The Engineer’s Thumb

Data! Data! Data! – The Engineer’s Thumb

“‘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 Engineer’s Thumb

The 17 Steps: The Engineer’s Thumb

Seventeen thoughts for further ponderance of the case at hand – The Engineer’s Thumb (ENGR) WATSON VERSUS JOURNALISM Watson writes of ENGR: “The story has, I believe, been told more than once in the newspapers, but, like all such narratives, its effect is much less striking when set forth en bloc in a single half-column… Continue Reading

A Conversation Pertaining to Aspects Concerning Counterfeiting of Coins in Victorian England.

A Conversation Pertaining to Aspects Concerning Counterfeiting of Coins in Victorian England.

“… the counterfeiter stands in a class by himself as a public danger.” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) Writers are known, if not lauded, for their imaginations. Doyle’s imagination was in full form during his creation of The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb. The house / rooms / press descriptions were nothing short… Continue Reading

“Hey Pal, Can You Spare A ‘Bob’? – A Very Simplified Guide to Sherlock Holmes and Money of the Victorian Age

“Hey Pal, Can You Spare A ‘Bob’? – A Very Simplified Guide to Sherlock Holmes and Money of the Victorian Age

If anyone has experienced the thrill of a summer in Houston, Texas, you know indoor reading is one of few options left for survival. During the summer of my 14th year, as other young men were discovering their first love — fishing, or a summer job, I discovered the stories of the Canon. As I… Continue Reading

Watson Coins A Phrase (2001)

Watson Coins A Phrase (2001)

“There’s money in this case …” – A Scandal In Bohemia (SCAN) In The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet, son Arthur asks father, Alexander Holder, for 100 pounds. The father “… was very angry, for this was the third demand during the month. ‘You shall not have a farthing from me’, (he) cried, on which… Continue Reading