Saturday, December 22, 2012

Sherlock Holmes on the Radio

I've been listening to a number of old radio mysteries lately and while I don't see the need to comment on a lot of them I thought I'd mention a few episodes that stood out.

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
The Adventure Of The Disappearing Scientists
1946

Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce are probably best known for playing Holmes and Watson in a number of films but they also appeared in The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, which kicked off in 1939 and ran for almost eight years. This episode, like many, was written by Dennis Green and Anthony Boucher. It concerns what for Holmes would have been a relatively new substance known as radium and the disappearances of a number of scientists working with it.

CBS Radio Mystery Theater
Nightmare in Gillette Castle
1980

I reviewed a few noteworthy episodes of CBS Radio Mystery Theater recently, a show that also ran for about eight years, starting in 1974. This episode doesn't deal directly with Holmes so much but rather with William Gillette, an actor best known for his stage portrayals of Holmes around the turn of the twentieth century. It concerns what happens when a young husband and wife break off from a tour group in Gillette's castle and find that the going gets decidedly weird.

2 comments:

  1. These sound great Bill - any info on availability?

    Cheers,
    Sergio

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  2. There may be other places to get them but I found a good assortment here:

    http://www.rathboneandbruce.net/the-new-adventures-of-sherlock-holmes-old-time-radio-episode-list.html

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