The best Sherlock Holmes mysteries are the originals written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and this original BBC radio performance from the 1950s captures four favorites: "The Solitary Bicyclist", "Six Napoleons", "The Red-Headed League", and "A Case of Identity". A recording from the golden age of radio, the voice performances are matchless, with Holmes played by the multi-award-winning John Gielgud, whose voice Sir Alec Guinness compared to "a silver trumpet muffled in silk", and Watson performed by acclaimed stage actor Ralph Richardson, who once ran the Old Vic. With their impeccable dramatic timing and rich voices just made for radio, Gielgud and Richardson make one of the best Watson/Holmes dramatic pairings in existence.
"The Solitary Bicyclist": Holmes helps a young woman in danger after the death of a rich uncle.
"Six Napoleons": Holmes tracks down a precious gem placed by a clever jewel thief in a "perfect" hiding place.
"The Red-Headed League": A curious society of red-headed men leads Holmes to stumble on plans for a bank robbery.
"A Case of Identity": A conniving man ruthlessly schemes to gain the inheritance of his step-daughter.