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The Strange Case of the Delayed 1939 Radio Broadcast of The Three Garridebs

The Strange Case of the Delayed 1939 Radio Broadcast of The Three Garridebs

“Some delay was inevitable.”

– The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax (LADY

Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, prior to one of their NBC Radio broadcasts of Sherlock Holmes

Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce began appearing as Holmes and Watson on The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes on NBC Radio’s Blue Network in October, 1939. The 13th episode of the series was The Adventure of the Three Garridebs, which was broadcast on Christmas Day, Monday, December 25, 1939. A partial recording of that broadcast survives and you can listen to it HERE.

But, was it supposed to air on Christmas Day? Let’s take a look at this news item from the December 11, 1939 edition of The Centreville (OH) Herald.


December 11, 1939 edition of The Centreville (OH) Herald.

A few days later, from the December 17, 1939 edition of The Ogden (UT) Standard-Examiner, we learn that the story of The Adventure of the Wisteria Lodge had been planned for broadcast on Christmas Day.


December 17, 1939 edition of The Ogden (UT) Standard-Examiner

December 22, 1939 edition of The Centreville (OH) Herald.

On December 22nd, The Centreville (OH) Herald basically reprinted their earlier announcement of the radio broadast for The Three Garridebs, but with the date change to Christmas Day. The Ogden (UT) Standard-Examiner confirms the broadcast as well.


December 25, 1939 edition of The Ogden (UT) Standard-Examiner

In reading these news items, it states that Edith Melser (the writer of the scripts for the radio series) thought that the Adventure of the Wisteria Lodge was just a bit too gruesome to be broadcast on Christmas Day and that the broadcast of the Adventure of the Three Garridebs was a jollier mystery for Christmas Day. I think we can agree that Wisteria Lodge is probably not a good story for Christmas Day.

Let’s just pause for a second to consider that Dr. Watson gets shot in The Three Garridebs. This is considered a jolly story for Christmas?

If anyone is curious, the following week’s broadcast was The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle. Maybe they should have chosen that episode for the Christmas Day broadcast…….

The View Halloa: The Three Garridebs

The View Halloa: The Three Garridebs

“I have my old favourite with me.” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) If there is such a thing as a guilty pleasure in the Canon, this story is mine. I know it isn’t in the top tier of Watson’s accounts for overall quality, but it’s a favorite with me, and I can… Continue Reading

Sherlock Holmes and the American Bank Note Company Mystery

Sherlock Holmes and the American Bank Note Company Mystery

“A printing press” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) One of John Richard Flanagan’s three illustrations in The Adventure of the Three Garridebs, as published in the October 25, 1924 issue of Collier’s I was first introduced to the famous consulting detective Sherlock Holmes, in The Adventure of the Three Garridebs, in my fifth-grade… Continue Reading

Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Three Garridebs (2018)

Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Three Garridebs (2018)

“… they look upon these things in a different way.” – The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor (NOBL) In addition to the numismatics of Sherlock Holmes, The Fourth Garrideb celebrates all things having to do with our namesake story – The Adventures of the Three Garridebs. The following video highlights scenes in Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Three… Continue Reading

From Watson’s Tin Box: Shoscombe Old Place

From Watson’s Tin Box: Shoscombe Old Place

“Somewhere in the vaults of the bank of Cox and Co., at Charing Cross, there is a travel-worn and battered tin dispatch-box with my name, John H. Watson, MD, Late Indian Army, painted upon the lid.” – The Problem of Thor Bridge (THOR) Watson’s Tin Box, a BSI scion that meets in Columbia, Maryland, shares a few… Continue Reading

Transcript of 3GAR Segment of Sherlock’s The Final Problem Episode

Transcript of 3GAR Segment of Sherlock’s The Final Problem Episode

“… an interesting story to tell…” – The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger (VEIL) In addition to the numismatics of Sherlock Holmes, we do like to celebrate items that relate to our namesake story, The Adventure of the Three Garridebs. In this post, we will feature a transcription of The Final Problem, the third episode of… Continue Reading

Data! Data! Data! – Shoscombe Old Place

Data! Data! Data! – Shoscombe Old Place

“‘Data! Data! Data!‘ he cried impatiently. ‘I can’t make bricks without clay.’” – The Adventures of The Copper Beeches (COPP) This column is composed of material (Data!) developed for a short course called Appreciating Sherlock Holmes that I teach twice a year in the Community Education Life Enrichment Program for a local community college.  It is… Continue Reading

The 17 Steps: Shoscombe Old Place

The 17 Steps: Shoscombe Old Place

Seventeen thoughts for further ponderance of the case at hand – Shoscombe Old Place (SHOS) THE SCOTLAND YARD FORENSICS DEPARTMENT “Is it one of your cases?” Watson asks Holmes of his microscope study. “No; my friend, Merivale, of the Yard, asked me to look into the case.” If the matter of the dead policeman wasn’t Holmes’s… Continue Reading

John Richard Flanagan – American Illustrator of 3GAR

John Richard Flanagan – American Illustrator of 3GAR

“He is a man with a considerable artistic side to his nature.” – The Adventure of the Illustrious Client (ILLU) Illustrations for The Adventure of the Three Garridebs by John R. Flanagan in the October 25, 1924 issue of Collier’s John R. Flanagan provided illustrations for two Sherlock Holmes stories in Collier’s magazine – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs… Continue Reading

A Graphic Novel Version of 3GAR

A Graphic Novel Version of 3GAR

“… a highly sensational and flowery rendering of the whole incident.” – The Adventure of the Six Napoleons (SIXN) Usually, if you are looking to read The Adventure of the Three Garridebs, you’ll find it in The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, the collection of the last 12 stories of the Sherlock Holmes Canon to be published. Perhaps, in some other… Continue Reading