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Faces of Holmes: Louis Hector

Faces of Holmes: Louis Hector

“… this man here – is an actor.”

– The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place (SHOS)

Louis Hector as Sherlock Holmes – New York Times ~ January 13, 1935

There is not a lot of information readily available regarding the actor Louis Hector, According to IMDB, he was born on March 19, 1883 and you can review a brief listing of his works HERE. His obituary was published in the New York Times on October 19, 1968, but the exact date of his death is not published. The Lambs, referenced in his obituary, is America’s first professional theater club and was founded in 1874. Hector became a member in 1928, according to the group’s website.

Starting in 1934, Hector would take over the role of Sherlock Holmes on the National Broadcasting Company’s Blue Network from actor Richard Gordon. The first broadcast was on November 11, 1934 and was The Hebraic Breastplate.

New York Times ~ January 13, 1935

Hector would portray Holmes in 77 episodes over 4 different series that finished up on December 24, 1936. Leigh Lovell, continued his role of Doctor Watson from the previous series, for Hector’s first 29 episodes. Harry West would take over the role of Watson for the last 48 episodes. Joseph Bell would be the series announcer. G. Washington Coffee sponsored the first 29 episodes and Household Finance would sponsor the last two series.

Only three radio episodes of Hector as Holmes are believed to have survived until today.

Hector has the distinction of being the first actor to portray Holmes on television. We discussed this before HERE and HERE.

Whenever I have searched for photographs of Louis Hector, I only came up with the poor quality photographs that we used in those earlier posts. Thanks to the New Yorks Times digitizing their editions, we are now able to supply a few additional photographs of Louis Hector.

New York Times ~ October 10, 1938
New York Times ~ September 4, 1942
New York Times ~ January 24, 1944
New York Times ~ July 30, 1945
New York Times ~ April 17, 1955

In reviewing Hector’s filmography, we did find one available video of Hector in The Miraculous Serum episode of Tales of Tomorrow that aired on June 20, 1952.

 

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

Afghanistan or Iraq? Military Decorations of Captain John H. Watson

Afghanistan or Iraq? Military Decorations of Captain John H. Watson

“Which was it – Afghanistan or Iraq?” – A Study In Pink When the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) premiered their new series of Sherlock in July of 2010, devoted Sherlockians watched to see how the writers would take items from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original Sherlock Holmes stories and update these items to the modern… Continue Reading

The WhoLock Virtual Run Medal

The WhoLock Virtual Run Medal

“… with a loud breathing of a running man.” – The Sign of The Four (SIGN) Back in February, we first reported about the WhoLock Comic Con 5k Run and it’s Sherlock themed medal. The original plan was to award two separate medals, one for Doctor Who and one for Sherlock, which could be combined and worn together. Those… Continue Reading

Sherlock Holmes and Scooby-Doo

Sherlock Holmes and Scooby-Doo

“Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN) Since we having recently been talking about a mystery involving a giant hound, let’s turn our focus onto a giant hound that helps solves mysteries. In 1969, the animation studios of Hanna-Barbera produced the first episodes of Scooby-Doo,… Continue Reading

Sherlockian “Thanks A Million” Fantasy Bank Notes

Sherlockian “Thanks A Million” Fantasy Bank Notes

“… those bundles on the table are two thousand of Prescott’s notes …” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) For the past two years, there have been appearances of fantasy $1,000,000 bank notes (also referred to as bookmarks) for sale over the internet. These bills are a reproduction of a Series 2003A $1 Federal… Continue Reading

Beryl Vertue, BBC’s Sherlock Executive Producer, Honored With CBE

Beryl Vertue, BBC’s Sherlock Executive Producer, Honored With CBE

“If you have a fancy to see your name in the next honours list” -The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (BRUC)   On May 20, 2016, Beryl Vertue received the Commander of the British Empire from Prince Charles during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. The Gazette had the following commentary when it was announced on… Continue Reading