14th January, 3 Comments
By John Watson
Each volume contains 12 stories, some with Canonical connections, marked below with a “C” if they are based on actual stories or with an “R” if they are merely cases that I mentioned in the stories.
Volume I comprises:
- The Unfortunate Tobacconist [R]
- The Paradol Chamber
- The Viennese Strangler
- The Notorious Canary Trainer [R] [L]
- The April Fool’s Day Adventure [L]
- The Strange Case of the Uneasy Easy Chair [L]
- The Strange Case of the Demon Barber [L]
- The Mystery of the Headless Monk [L]
- The Amateur Medicant Society [R] [L]
- The Case of the Vanishing White Elephant
- The Case of the Limping Ghost
- The Girl with the Gazelle [L]
Volume II comprises:
- The Case of the Out of Date Murder [L]
- The Waltz of Death
- Colonel Warburton’s Madness [R]
- The Iron Box [L]
- A Scandal in Bohemia [C]
- The Second Generation [L]
- In Flanders Fields
- The Eyes of Mr Leyton
- The Tell Tale Pigeon Feathers
- The Indescretion of Mr Edwards
- The Problem of Thor Bridge [C]
- The Double Zero
From October 1939 to July 1947 Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce starred in 220 episodes (though Bruce missed one due to illness). By 1947 Rathbone wanted to dissociate himself from the character of Holmes. Neverthe less he remains so closely associated with him that many still regard him as “the definitive Sherlock Holmes”.
Nigel Bruce continued for another two series with Tom Conway as Holmes.
These recordings include war-time announcements, original narrations and commercials for the shows sponsors.
There is a book by Ken Greewald who has taken some of these radio programmes and written them up as short stories. As well as the stories on the the CDs above (which I have marked with [L], the book also contains these three cases:
- Murder Beyond the Mountains
- The Case of the Baconian Cypher
- The Case of the Camberwell Poisoners
The book is called “The Lost Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” and has a picture of Nigel Rathbone on the cover. The book is out of print but a second hand copy should be easy to come by. I appear to have written a short introduction to the stories in the book!