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The Fourth Garrideb broadcast of the 12/25/1939 3GAR Radio Script

The Fourth Garrideb broadcast of the 12/25/1939 3GAR Radio Script

“… I was quite certain that all the actors in the tragedy …”

The Adventure of the Cardboard Box (CARD)

On Christmas night of 2020, The Fourth Garrideb did a table read of Edith Meiser’s script of  “The Adventure of the Three Garridebs” as it was broadcast over the National Broadcasting Company’s airwaves on Christmas night of 1939 with the duo of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as Holmes and Watson.

Our thanks to the actors in this reading:

Sherlock Holmes – David Harnois

Dr. Watson – Charles Prepolec

John Garrideb – Steve Mason

Nathan Garrideb – Mike McSwiggin

Mrs. Hudson – Karen Wilson

Announcer (Knox Manning) – Greg Ruby

The original broadcast from 1939 has survived partially and you can listen to the surviving first half broadcast HERE. You can read about how this episode was delayed so that it could be broadcast on Christmas Day by reading this post.

And thanks to the generosity of Timothy J. Johnson, Curator of Special Collections & Rare Books / E. W. McDiarmid Curator of the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota’s Andersen Library, we were able to use the orginal script by Edith Meiser and share with you here. Double click on the image and you’ll be able to download a .pdf file of the script.

 

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Faces of Holmes: Charlie McCarthy, Detective

Faces of Holmes: Charlie McCarthy, Detective

“… all were equally puppets in his hands.” – The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist (SOLI) Comedian and actor Edgar Berggren was born in Chicago in 1903. Begining at the age of 11, Edgar began to self-learn ventriliquism and during his late teenage years would be given daily lessons by the famed ventriloquist Harry Lester for… Continue Reading

Louis Hector in NBC Radio’s Great Plays Series

Louis Hector in NBC Radio’s Great Plays Series

“… the actor in some strange drama …” – The Adventure of the Yellow Face (YELL) Actor Louis Hector first portrayed Sherlock Holmes on the radio beginning in 1934 and would later become television’s first Sherlock Holmes when the National Broadcasting Company did two experimental broadcasts of The Adventure of the Three Garridebs. Those two television… Continue Reading

MATCA Honored Holmes With 1984 Token

MATCA Honored Holmes With 1984 Token

“…  a twinkle of amusement …” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) The Maryland Amusement Token Collectors Association was founded in 1979 by Robert A. Johnson. Over the course of the next four to five years, they would issue over 100 plastic tokens or wooden nickels commemorating various themes. They would be available to interested collectors… Continue Reading

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 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,… Continue Reading

Faces of Mycroft: Hugh Laurie

Faces of Mycroft: Hugh Laurie

“If you have a fancy to see your name in the next honours list…” – The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (BRUC) Prince Charles presents Hugh Laurie with his CBE, November 21, 2018 We share the following report from the BBC: Hugh Laurie made a CBE by Prince Charles Actor Hugh Laurie has been made a… 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 Yard. Approximately 110 different episodes were recorded. The following broadcast, entitled The Bank of England Robbery, was heard over the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation… Continue Reading