52 shows from the Mutual Broadcasting System radio program starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson. The show was sponsored in 1939-40 by Grove's Bromo Quinine and later enjoyed an extended run as The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes under the sponsorship of Petri Wines. These recordings are of varying quality with most in the good to very good sound range. The files have been tagged with the most accurate information available and each file name begins with the original broadcast air date.
January 19, 2022 Subject:
Up and down quality
Some of these are quite good, but some are gimmicky and foolish. I agree with the previous reviewer - I'd skip the Moriarty episodes. The may as well have brought in the Wolfman or Charlie Chan. Moriarty - even in the originals - was an excuse to not have to be creative.
April 18, 2020 Subject:
Rathbone and Bruce continue their charming partnership
These mysteries aren't all up to Conan Doyle's very high standards, but Rathbone remains the iconic Sherlock, and Bruce, though his interpretation of the Watson role is very much more baffled and bumbling than the original, is nevertheless a brilliant actor and thoroughly entertaining, effortlessly humanizing Holmes' exercises in logic.
The writers--as modern writers have--were much to fascinated with Moriarty as a sort of recurring sadistic supervillain character--handy because his crimes don't have to make as much sense as others--and this became tiresome to the point where I would just skip the episode at the mention of his name. Not my thing.
Fortunately there are plenty of non-Moriarty adventures and even if they aren't all cracking examples of logical twists, they're at least halfway decent thrillers and good fun.
May 7, 2017 Subject:
best sherlock ever
Rathbone was the best sherlock Holmes ever IMO... his voice and presence were great. Watson took a far more comic role in this version the the books..