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 golden days of radio"
From 1939 to 1946, Americans gathered around their radios 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.
When Dr. Watson plays Santa for a group of young children on Christmas Eve, a simple mistake puts everyone’s life in jeopardy. Can Holmes prevent this tragedy and solve a puzzling crime at the same time?
“I wonder what other treasures this box contains,” Holmes said to Watson as they searched the belongings of a murdered Hungarian in the Vienna boarding house where they were staying. After a beautiful German pianist led them to the Hungarian, a case of blackmail, a Chinese actor, and a flirtatious soprano forced Holmes to put aside his violin and go undercover—for a date with a strangler.
"Sherlock Holmes Forever!"
“I think John would be very unhappy in the fourth dimension,” said Mrs. Watson, as she and her husband contemplated investing in the new and mysterious time machine called The Paradol Chamber. An irritated Holmes comes along to see the contraption for himself, and he and Watson take a very unscheduled trip—in the company of a corpse!
Dr. Watson, that excellent host and incomparable storyteller, awaits us in his familiar study to relate another of his adventures with Sherlock Holmes. From the fog-shrouded streets of Victorian London come 16 intriguing episodes, starring Tom Conway as Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Watson, in scripts by mystery legends Denis Green, Anthony Boucher, and more!
"Great Old time Radio"
On a holiday in a small Balkan country, Holmes and Watson observe the execution of the beautiful opera singer, Lilly Rhena, who was accused of spying. Yet shortly after her demise, she visits the detective and his companion in their hotel suite. Can Holmes and Watson unravel the mystery without putting their own lives in peril?
From 1939 to 1946, Americans gathered around the 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.
"Sherlock Holmes vs the demon barber/headless monk"
At the Emperor of Austria’s gala ball, a beautiful woman is suddenly shot dead. Holmes and Watson investigate, but the killer has only begun his deadly dance!
"A delightful listen"
Holmes must deceive Dr. Watson, Inspector Lestrade and a faceless killer. If Holmes is discovered, his life and the lives of his friends won’t be worth a plug farthing.
When Holmes and Watson investigate, they find another body—in the same locked room and the same position! Holmes and Watson disguise themselves as furniture movers—to find out why a certain easy chair spells death.
“I must say, his actions tonight hardly seem the behavior or a sane man!" comments Dr. Watson on the peculiar musings of the babbling butler. Yet this is only the beginning, as Holmes and Watson find themselves drawn into an investigation of not one, but two tragic deaths.
"couldn't finish it even though it's an hour"
Exactly as broadcast on September 3, 1945. “He was dressing in armor, Watson. Perhaps we can overtake him!” Every time the Earl of Lochair haunts his family castle, it means tragedy. When Holmes and Watson investigate, they find murder and not one ghost—but two!
"I knew it was old radio but..."
On a small island Holmes and Watson are trying to save England from a sinister plot involving a pound of butter, a royal gift, and a deadly act of sabotage!
Sherlock Holmes was ready for retirement when he was called on to find four vanished scientists. But the mystery turns infuriating when three reappear—without a clue to where they’ve been!
A quiet visit to the English countryside finds Sherlock Holmes wounded by a stray bullet. While Holmes recovers from his wound, he discovers a diabolical scheme of murder that has two people marked for death!
The ship’s doctor has been murdered and Holmes and Watson must solve the mystery before the Rahni of Kavorati falls victim to an unseen killer. But their investigation may lead them only to their own deaths.
"Another great Sherlock Holmes story!"
A young friend of Dr. Watson’s faces certain death in a duel with Colonel Sebastian Moran. The young man was accused of cheating at cards, but Holmes knows murder is in the making!
"Couldn't finish it even though it's an hour"
When Sherlock Holmes is put to work by his brother, Mycroft, he discovers a man who can turn himself into a bird—or a spy—while Watson finds himself in jail!
The odds were long that two deaths would occur at the gambling casino where Holmes and Watson were spending their holiday. But were they murders—or suicides? A classic mystery for armchair detectives!
"Painful to listen to"