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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

Radio Broadcast of The Adventure Of The Uddington Witch – October 31, 1948

Radio Broadcast of The Adventure Of The Uddington Witch – October 31, 1948

“Man, it’s witchcraft!” -The Valley of Fear (VALL) Today is Halloween and in spirit of the holiday, we are pleased to share this Mutual Radio broadcast of The Adventure of the Uddington Witch from Halloween night, October 31, 1948. Sherlock Holmes was portrayed by John Stanley, with Ian Martin portraying Dr. Watson. Enjoy this special Halloween… Continue Reading

Radio Broadcast of Secrets Of Scotland Yard – Bank Of England Robbery 10/5/1953

Radio Broadcast of Secrets Of Scotland Yard – Bank Of England Robbery 10/5/1953

“… which will certainly be a triumph for Scotland Yard.” – The Adventure of The Norwood Builder (NORW) From the late 1940’s through the 1950’s, there was an internationally syndicated radio program called Secrets of Scotland Yards. Approximately 110 different episodes were recorded. The following broadcast, entitled The Bank of England Robbery, was heard over the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation… Continue Reading

Radio Broadcast of The Adventure of The Living Doll (March 11, 1946)

Radio Broadcast of The Adventure of The Living Doll (March 11, 1946)

“… a space not larger than a sixpence.” – The Problem of Thor Bridge (THOR) We recently reprinted the article More Mysterious Money Matters by John Hall. That article refers to the March 11, 1946 Mutual Broadcasting System’s broadcast of The Adventure of the Living Doll, part of the New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. During the story, a dying… Continue Reading

More Mysterious Money Matters

More Mysterious Money Matters

“Three bob and a tanner for tickets.” – The Sign of The Four (SIGN) In response to our previous discourse concerning the intricacies of Victorian currency (“So, how much is a Quid, a Crown, and a Bob?; The Sherlockian Times: Fall 1993) we received a welcomed epistle from that most erudite Northern Musgraver Mr. John Hall… Continue Reading

The Speckled Band – BBC Radio (1945) featuring Sir Cedric Hardwicke

The Speckled Band – BBC Radio (1945) featuring Sir Cedric Hardwicke

“It was the band! The speckled band!” – The Adventure of The Speckled Band (SPEC) On May 17, 1945, the British Broadcasting Company broadcast a dramatization of The Adventure of The Speckled Band featuring Sir Cedric Hardwicke as Sherlock Holmes. If the Hardwicke names sounds familiar to you, his son Edward took over the role of… Continue Reading

Faces of Holmes: Orson Welles

Faces of Holmes: Orson Welles

“… this man here – is an actor.” – The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place (SHOS) Your author shares a birthday with two actors who have portrayed Sherlock Holmes – Orson Welles and Stewart Granger. Granger played Holmes in The Hound of The Baskervilles in an ABC Movie of the Week in 1972, which we will discuss… Continue Reading

Basil Rathbone Check From The William Morris Agency

Basil Rathbone Check From The William Morris Agency

“And now, your Grace, I’ll trouble you for that cheque.” – The Adventure of the Priory School (PRIO) Check collecting is another aspect of numismatics for a few collectors.  For Sherlockians, this field allows us to find checks from banks mentioned in stories from the Canon or from actors and actresses from the various dramatic… Continue Reading

Max Carrados – The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes

Max Carrados – The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes

Following up on Simon Monk’s post on the numismatic detective Max Carrados, we have a few related links and comments to share: On December 31, 2014, BBC Radio aired the first episode of The Rivals, a series where Inspector Lestrade works with other contemporary detectives and sleuths of Holmes’ era. In this particular episode, Lestrade is working… Continue Reading

Radio Broadcast of The Night Before Christmas – December 24, 1945

Radio Broadcast of The Night Before Christmas – December 24, 1945

I imagine that when most of you saw the title of this post, you immediately thought of Clement Clarke Moore’s classic Christmas poem.  Sorry to disappoint you! This story is based on an incident from The Blue Carbuncle and was broadcast on Christmas Eve 1945 during The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes starring Basil Rathbone as Holmes… Continue Reading