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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…….

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

Faces of Lestrade: Frank Finlay

Faces of Lestrade: Frank Finlay

“… besides being an incomparable actor. “ – A Study in Scarlet (STUD) Frank Finlay, clockwise from upper left, as Lestrade in A Study in Terror (1966); as Lestrade in Murder by Decree (1979); as Professor Coram in The Golden Pince-Nez (1994); and as Arthur Conan Doyle in The Other Side (1992) Charles Prepolec, the 75th Garrideb, posted the following item… Continue Reading

The Haller Baking Company’s Sherlock Holmes Treasure Hunt Token

The Haller Baking Company’s Sherlock Holmes Treasure Hunt Token

“… when people bury treasure nowadays they do it in the Post Office bank.” – The Adventure of the Three Gables (3GAB)       Just before the Memorial Day holiday weekend, I received a letter from Gary Patterson, author of United States Swastika 1907-1936: Tokens, Medals, Watch Fobs & Good Luck Charms, asking if I was… Continue Reading

Inspector Thorne: The Nickel and Dimes Murder Case (September 6, 1951)

Inspector Thorne: The Nickel and Dimes Murder Case (September 6, 1951)

“What is all this mystery?” – The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier (BLAN) From time to time, we will feature a post here regarding other fictional detectives, most recently Eugène Valmont. In the summer of 1951, the National Broadcasting Company broadcast 11 episodes of Inspector Thorne. The eighth episode, which aired September 6, was The Nickel and Dimes Murder… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading