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CBS Radio Mystery Theater: The Absent-Minded League (1978)

CBS Radio Mystery Theater: The Absent-Minded League (1978)

“… the counterfeiter stands in a class by himself as a public danger.”

– The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR)

From time to time, we will feature a post here regarding other fictional detectives, such as Gregory Hood. On July 18, 1978, the CBS Radio Mystery Theater aired The Absent-Minded League. This dramatization was written by Gerald Keane and was based on Robert Barr’s short story The Absent-Minded Coterie in his 1906 book The Triumphs of Eugène Valmont.

Norman Rose portrayed the role of Valmont and series host, E. G. Marshall, makes a comparison of Valmont to Sherlock Holmes in his commentary. In this dramatization, Inspector Spenser Hale come to Valmont and requests his assistance in tracking down the counterfeiter of silver British coinage. There is some mention of U.S. Presidental candidate William Jennings Bryan who ran his campaign on the basis of Free Silver, advocating a bimetalilic standard for the United States.

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Cumberbatch Reads The Conundrum of Coach 13

Cumberbatch Reads The Conundrum of Coach 13

“Engage a special.” – The Adventure of the Final Problem (FINA) Benedict Cumberbatch, who stars as Sherlock Holmes in the BBC series Sherlock, has recorded many spoken voice readings of the sixty stories of the Canon and numerous other pastiches. John Taylor, author of The Unopened Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, has issued another set of… Continue Reading

The Casebook of Gregory Hood – The Three Silver Pesos

The Casebook of Gregory Hood – The Three Silver Pesos

“My dear Gregory….” – The Adventure of Silver Blaze (SILV) From time to time, we will feature a post here regarding other fictional detectives, such as Max Carrados. Today, we feature Gregory Hood, a San Francisco based antiquities importer and amateur detective. On June 3, 1946 the Mutual Broadcasting System premiered the series of The Casebook of… Continue Reading

Radio Broadcast of Murder By Proxy – January 18, 1933

Radio Broadcast of Murder By Proxy – January 18, 1933

“… the last words in which I shall ever record …” – The Adventure of The Final Problem (FINA) We are pleased to share this recording of the January 18, 1933 NBC radio broadcast of Murder by Proxy. Edith Meiser adapted the script from Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Final Problem. This is the earliest known surviving recording of any Sherlock Holmes… Continue Reading

Partial NBC Radio 12/25/1939 Broadcast of The Three Garridebs with Rathbone & Bruce

Partial NBC Radio 12/25/1939 Broadcast of The Three Garridebs with Rathbone & Bruce

“No doubt you see the significance of this discovery of mine?” – A Study In Scarlet (STUD) Radio versions of The Three Garridebs was one of the very first items we posted about back in September 2014. In that post, we referred that one of the first radio programs that Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce did as… Continue Reading

The 2016 UK Shakespeare £2 Coins and Sherlockian Actors

The 2016 UK Shakespeare £2 Coins and Sherlockian Actors

“You don’t happen to have a Raphael or a first folio Shakespeare without knowing it?” – The Adventure of The Three Gables (3GAB) The British Royal Mint has announced that they will issue a set of three £2 coins honoring William Shakespeare in 2016. Each coin celebrates an aspect of Shakespeare’s famous work. All three coins have… Continue Reading

Radio Broadcast of The Gunpowder Plot – November 5, 1945

Radio Broadcast of The Gunpowder Plot – November 5, 1945

“… an evil plot.” – The Adventure of The Solitary Cyclist (SOLI) In honor of today being the 410th anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot, we present this radio broadcast from 70 years ago today. Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce are together for their last season for The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes on the Mutual Radio Broadcasting System.… Continue Reading