Meet Jarrem Lee, Ghost Hunter (or as he prefers to call it, a psychical detective). With the help of college student Arthur Bennett, he embarks on a series of spine tingling and exciting adventures in the world of the dead.
Episode 1: "The Tollington Hall case" - Sir Frederick Carmichael asks Lee to visit Tollington Hall, where a ghost haunts the attic each night.
Episode 2: "The Ancient Burial Barrow" - A demon is trying to escape from a grave discovered during an archaeological dig.
Episode 03: "Lord Wentworths Statue" - A collector becomes obsessed with a strange statue that becomes more life-like each day.
Episode 04: "Professor Taylor's Final Experiment" - A dying Professor has a plan to cheat death.
©2012 Gareth Tilly (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
The stories are thin, the story-telling skeletal, and the performances do nothing to put meat on these bones.
I know the tradition these tales are playing off of, and they'd benefit greatly from attending more closely to the craftsmanship of that model.
I doubt I'll try another of the Jerrem Lee Ghost Hunter stories, but I'd give another Colonial Radio Players production a shot.
These shorts are so much fun to listen to. They stay interesting through out the whole program.
They are great for all to have and enjoy.
I have listened to other Colonial Radio Theater performances, including the Perry Mason series, which I enjoyed. But I had hard time following the plots here because the horrible, horrible British accents were too distracting. My advice: sample the audio before you purchase.
Tollington Hall case sets the scene for the rest of the series, introducing characters, methods, and menaces. Brilliant! Ancient Burial Barrow is my favorite. Nothing in the episode is ever scene by Lee and Bennett, only experienced. This is the most subtle way to frighten. Lord Wentworth's statue is pure occult detective at the turn of the century. The episode is delightfully filled with occult references. The final episode is Professor Taylor's Final Experiment. It's a combo of science and occult both H.G. Wells, Thomas Edison, and Jules Verne would've loved. Volume 1 stands alone.
Having listened to a lot of old time radio, I expected to know all the answers and what CRT pulled off with Jarrem Lee had me ready to buy the next volume!
Dandelion Wine, Something Wicked, Captain Blood, Ticonderoga, Jeeves & Wooster. Jarrem Lee establishes the line for Jerry Robbins and CRT in their occult detective shows.
Yup; and again.
I highly enjoyed the dramatic retelling in the old radio play style.
The chilling moments as the investigators realised the truth about Lord Wentworth's infatuation with his new acquisition.
Yes, it was excellent. The character acting and writing easily rendered each character distinguishable from the rest.
I did listen to this in one sitting.
The performances were largely good, very professional - but the lead male playing the young chemist sidekick of Jarrem Lee was a let down. A highly mobile accent and awkward delivery detracted from the overall high quality of the performance. I will still be looking out for more of these shows, but I sincerely hope that experience improves his performance.
"A Gem of a Find"
I'm a big fan of The Colonial Radio Players, especially the Father Brown series. I had never heard of Jarrem Lee- Ghost Hunter before and really liked this. Will download the whole series. And yes, I know the English accents are a bit dodgy, sometimes a bit Dick Van Dyke in places but as an English person this makes me laugh and is part of the appeal !
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