September 26, 2018 Subject:
Most of these episodes are from the last year (1945-46) of the New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, which ran on the Mutual network (shortly after WWII ended). Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce portrayed Holmes & Watson for 7 years on the radio, in addition to 14 movies made during that time frame.
September 1, 2018 Subject:
I would guess its inevitable that politics would creep into the commentary of such a great series of literary history the times then were growing the whole world was entering the great mechanical age of man women then had an knew their place as it were ! ... comparing today's times with that of the growing pains of that great age is ludicrous to say the least .
Politics has certainly tried to strangle everything it reaches its a pity !
September 13, 2015 Subject:
Any acting done by Basil Rathbone has got to good. I have always enjoyed the Sherlock Holmes series, and
can watch and listen to them over and over again.
These recordings have excellent sound quality. For any Sherlock Holmes fan, these are definitely worth a listen too.
March 6, 2015 Subject:
This is the high sound quality collection you shouldn't miss if you love Sherlock stories. Excellent acting, and the stories really move at a good clip. I truly enjoyed these episodes.
October 22, 2014 Subject:
Blatant sexism in old media is strange
It's bizarre how okay so many isms were socially accepted back in the day. In the first episode I thought the sexist remarks Watson made about his wife and how women are were too bad, but I enjoyed that Watson's wife got the last laugh in the end.
October 5, 2014 Subject:
Not the fault of Nigel Bruce
he was just playing the character according to the what the script the director wanted. but I do agree that he is better on the radio, less of a fuddy-duddy than the movies. I would love to have someone find more of the Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes, but if you want more than you should try the the BBC radio shows made between 1989 and 2000. Clive Merrison and Michael Williams. they did the entire cannon, and it is quite good
February 17, 2011 Subject:
Nigel Bruce makes a better radio Watson
Than a movie Watson though I've seen him in some delightful moments in the Holmes films.
Listening to Bruce Partington Plans. "Fog . . . thickier and murkier" lol Really really thick fog! But he carried on. :)
Nigel Bruce actually made a very good radio actor. I think it's because he had to rely on his voice alone to express the character.
December 29, 2010 Subject:
A classic radio show for all mystery fans
I enjoy listening to the New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes ever since I was in elementary school to the present. I have read the original stories and I am certainly glad I did. I know these radio episodes are non-canon material but who else but Denis Green and Anthony Boucher can set stories in Rome, Vienna, North Africa, Tibet, Scotland, etc. or who could create a sequel to the famous A Scandal in Bohemia and feature Irene Adler's daughter, or tell of an actor who plays the fiendish demon barber Sweeney Todd thinks he himself is a mad killer. I have also seen the 14 films starring Rathbone and Bruce and liked them just as well. Even though Bruce's Watson is portrayed as a bumbler he still does a good job as Watson.
October 23, 2010 Subject:
This is one of the best detective shows around. It's a shame that there aren't more like them being made nowadays.