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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.

Take a listen!


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