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Radio Shows: New Adventures Sherlock Holmes Box set, Soundtrack

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Audio CD, Box set, Soundtrack, October 30, 2001
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In the days when radio ruled, the weekly broadcast of a mesmerizing tale by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle held a huge audience captive. Now, thanks to the Smithsonian Institution, contemporary listeners can share the same timeless experience when they "tune in" to 20 never-before-released programs from the long-lost 1947-48 season. Digitally restored and remastered from the original recordings, these classic new adventures star John Stanley as the "world's greatest detective," with Alfred Shirley as Dr. Watson. A 32-page booklet features period photos and historical commentary. 10 hours on 10 CDs or 10 tapes.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Case of the Bleeding Chandelier
  2. The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 30, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: October 30, 2001
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set, Soundtrack
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Radio Spirits
  • ASIN: 1570194181
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,036 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By 1948, the long-running Sherlock Holmes radio series had lost some of its luster. This is not so much because it no longer featured its best-known stars, Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, but because its scripts (written at this point by Edith Meiser) had become uneven in quality. There are some very good episodes here, but there are also many that are mediocre and forgettable.

John Stanley's portrayal of Holmes is like that of his predecessor in the role, Tom Conway, in that both are extremely convincing and authentic... but both also sound almost exactly like Basil Rathbone. It's as though Rathbone had spent so long in the role that American radio listeners would accept only one style of delivery and performance from an actor playing Holmes. Although Stanley's performance is consistently excellent (better than Conway's, in my opinion), in this regard it stands in contrast to the more varied portrayals of the character in later years across various media.

As written by Meiser and played by Stanley and Alfred Shirley, Holmes and Watson have a somewhat pricklier relationship than in other depictions of the duo. Holmes frequently tells Watson not to interrupt when he interjects a comment during a client's statement, and "Go to blazes" becomes a catchphrase for Watson when Holmes irritates him. Of course, there's an argument to be made that this is actually a depiction of an even closer male friendship than in other versions, in that Holmes and Watson have moved beyond the point of having to worry about hurting each others' feelings.

"The Case of the Lucky Shilling", like several other episodes early in this CD set, is connected to the Holmes canon by the reappearance of a supporting character or a family from the original stories.
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