From 1939-1946 Americans gathered around their radio to listen to The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, featuring Basil Rathbone as the high-strung crime solver and Nigel Bruce as his phlegmatic assistant, Dr. Watson.
Witty, fast-paced, and always surprising, these great radio plays, written by the prolific writing team of Anthony Boucher and Denis Green, are as fresh today as they were then.
The latest audio technology was employed to bring the best audio quality and fidelity to the original performances, which feature nostalgic wartime announcements, original commercials, and radio narrations.
This special audio edition includes:
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This collection of the golden days of radio, perfectly re-capture the feel of the 1940's. While some point to the petri-wine commercials as annoying, I have always thought of them as an inseparable part of the radio program. Not like today where literally hours of our lives are wasted on pointless commercials. This re-lives a time when commercials were something different. The ever-lovable Nigel Bruce as always lends a lighter foil to the darkness of the stories content. It would be nearly impossible to separate Nigel Bruce and Basil Rathbone from the Conan Doyle cannon of Holmes. For those who do not appreciate this portrayal, I would say it is Anthony Bouncher and Denis Green whom you disprove of, as they are the ones writing these stories. I have personally read every original Holmes case, and most of the expanded cannon of Sherlock Holmes, and listened to many of the recovered radio broadcasts, as well as having seen most of the old movies. I think that anyone who loves Sherlock Holmes will love and appreciate this collection of Sherlock Holmes cases that you will not find elsewhere. Overall, if you are a fan of the golden age of radio, and/or if you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes, you will probably enjoy this greatly. If you are a fan of both, you will be, like myself, thrilled this was recovered from obscurity. As a side note, can anyone tell me if original Petri wine is still available anywhere?
A very interesting set of Sherlock Holmes events, humourous commentary provided by Dr Watson. To enjoy to the fullest, picture yourself in front of a radio in the 1940s. The wine commercials get a bit annoying, but hey, that's what fast-forward is for. Overall enjoyable.
This wouldn't be so bad if they would edit out the wine commercials. Do they really need to include those? Surely with modern technology we could listen to these great stories without the narrator endlessly pimping his wine. For those who haven't listened to this, the stories take up about half of the total length of this audio selection and the wine takes up the other half. I'm not kidding. Also, I'm not a big fan of Nigel Bruce. I don't really care for his interpretation of Watson. Obviously somebody liked him because he played Watson for so long, but he makes Watson sound like a complete idiot, and this sentiment has been echoed several times before. Overall, I would probably pass on this selection, mostly for the way it was put together. With improved editing, I would definitely recommend it because the stories aren't bad.
Great stories, but most of the program is devoted to telling everyone how great Petri wine is. It'd probably be much better if the commercials were edited out.
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