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Basil Rathbone as Marley in A Christmas Carol (1954)

Basil Rathbone as Marley in A Christmas Carol (1954)

“I had called upon my friend Sherlock Holmes upon the second morning after Christmas …”

– The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle (BLUE)

With the holiday season upon us, we will take this opportunity to share this December 23, 1954 telecast of A Christmas Carol for the variety series Shower of Stars. Basil Rathbone, who is the image of Sherlock Holmes that your editor envisions when he thinks of Holmes, plays the role of the ghost of Jacob Marley to Frederic March’s Ebenezer Scrooge.

This broadcast was the first musical version of the story to appear on television and the first to be shown in color. Unfortunately, only a black and white version of the show is now known to exist.

The script and lyrics were prepared by Maxwell Anderson and the score by Bernard Herrmann. It’s not the traditional version of Dicken’s story that one comes to expect.

Happy Holidays!

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

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,… Continue Reading

Three Varieties of Benedict Cumberbatch Personality Dollars

Three Varieties of Benedict Cumberbatch Personality Dollars

“It might be his portrait.” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN) Last month, we posted a Holmework Assignment regarding the Personality Dollar Bills of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce and were rewarded with examples in a follow-up post a week later. We now turn our attention to Personality Dollar Bills of Benedict Cumberbatch of… Continue Reading

The BBC Sherlock Challenge Coin by Commissioned Credentials

The BBC Sherlock Challenge Coin by Commissioned Credentials

“… missed me.” – The Adventure of the Dancing Men (DANC)         Commissioned Credentials, a company specializing in making faux credentials for popular movies and television shows, has issued a challenge coin featuring design elements from the BBC television series Sherlock. These challenge coins were first made in 2017. OBVERSE: 221B /… Continue Reading

A Second Broadcast of Louis Hector’s Three Garridebs On Television

A Second Broadcast of Louis Hector’s Three Garridebs On Television

“… on the second occasion …” – The Adventure of the Resident Patient (RESI) It was nearly two years ago when we posted about the first television broadcast of a Sherlock Holmes story. On November 27, 1937 the National Broadcast Company broadcasted The Three Garridebs over its airwaves. Louis Hector portrayed Sherlock Holmes and William Podmore portrayed… Continue Reading

Nigel Stock and Peter Cushing on a Japanese Phone Card

Nigel Stock and Peter Cushing on a Japanese Phone Card

“… actors in this drama…” – The Adventure of the Second Stain (SECO) Peter Cushing and Nigel Stock were to portray Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson for 16 episodes of Sherlock Holmes on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in 1968. Stock had portrayed Watson in the first 13 episodes of the series in 1964 and 1965, with… Continue Reading

The Star Trek: The Next Generation Sherlockian Phone Card

The Star Trek: The Next Generation Sherlockian Phone Card

“… a most interesting character …” – The Adventure of the Speckled Band (SPEC) Brent Spiner would play the role of android Lt. Commander Data in all but one episode of the seven seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and in four feature films. His character is introduced to the Sherlock Holmes stories in the season 1… Continue Reading

Faces of Holmes: Leonard Nimoy

Faces of Holmes: Leonard Nimoy

“… besides being an incomparable actor.” – A Study In Scarlet (STUD) Mention the name of Leonard Nimoy to most people and they will immediately associate him with his character of Spock on Star Trek. I’ll admit that I do as well, although I also recall his appearance as The Great Paris on two seasons of Mission: Impossible.… Continue Reading