OLD TIME RADIO - 20 AUDIO CD - 40 Shows
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sherlock Holmes: Tom Conway - Dr. Watson: Nigel Bruce In the fall of 1946, Basil Rathbone left the radio program and was replaced by Tom Conway, a fine British actor known for playing RKO Picture's The Falcon, with Nigel Bruce continuing his portrayal of Dr. Watson. The series maintained a high level of quality, but for reasons of expense and support, the production was moved to New York less than a year later and new actors were brought in.
When Basil Rathbone left the role of Holmes for the New York stage, actor Tom Conway stepped in as replacement. Apparently some people didn’t even realize that Rathbone was gone as many felt that Conway’s voice was so similar. It also helps that Nigel Bruce continued as Dr. Watson so there was a sense of continuity that might not have been there with two totally different actors.
One major improvement occurred with this new series: orchestra accompaniment - which replaced the (cheaper option) organ used in the latter series of Rathbone / Bruce episodes. Original music was composed and conducted by Alex Steiner making these Conway / Bruce episodes far more atmospheric than previous productions.
The set up was essentially the same: narrator / introducer Joseph Bell calls around to Watson's study for a fireside "chat" with the good doctor… whence the listener is plunged into another intriguing and baffling case which only the master detective can solve.
Lead writer Edith Meiser continued to both create new stories for the characters and do adaptations of Doyle’s original tales. Several times Meiser would even bring back Holmes’ nemesis, Professor Moriarty, but not frequently enough that he wore out his welcome.
Heard today, "The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes", with Tom Conway and Nigel Bruce, not only retain their entertainment value but compare quite favorably with the earlier series with Rathbone. Conway as Holmes does capture Rathbone’s style and Nigel Bruce is always charming as the sometimes baffled but always loyal Dr. Watson.
A total of 38 episodes have survived, Tom Conway was ill for one episode - The Ancient Egyptian Curse - and was replaced by Ben Wright.
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The Adventure Of The Stuttering Ghost - 46-10-12 Ep. 1
The Adventure Of The Black Angus - 46-10-19 Ep. 2
The Clue Of The Hungry Cat - 46-10-26 Ep. 3
The Adventure Of The Original Hamlet - 46-11-02 Ep. 4
The Adventure Of The Dying School - 46-11-09 Ep. 5
The Adventure Of The Genuine Guarnarius - 46-11-16 Ep. 6
The Adventure Of Sally Martin - 46-11-23 Ep. 7
The Strange Death Of Mrs Abernetty - 46-11-30 Ep. 8
The Affair Of The Coptic Compass - 46-12-07 Ep. 9
The Adventure Of The Elusive Emerald - 46-12-14 Ep. 10
The Adventure Of The Grand Old Man - 46-12-21 Ep. 11
The Affair Of The White Cockerel - 46-12-28 Ep. 12
The Darlington Substitution Case - 47-01-04 Ep.13
The Adventure Of The Devil's Foot - 47-01-13 Ep.14
Mr Sherlock Holmes In America (Americana) - 54-04-24
The Babbling Butler - 47-01-27 Ep.16
The Adventure of the Dying Detective - 47-02-03 Ep. 17
The Case Of The Persecuted Million - 47-02-10 Ep.18
The Adventure Of The Haunted Bagpipes - 47-02-17 Ep. 19
The Horseless Carriage - 47-02-24 Ep. 20
Queue For Murder - 47-03-03 Ep. 21
The Affair Of The Ancient Egyptian Curse-47-03-10 Ep. 22
The Case Of Professor Presbury - 47-03-17 Ep. 23
The Adventure Of The Scarlet Worm - 47-03-24 Ep. 24
The Adventure Of Maltree Abbey - 47-03-31 Ep. 25
The Tolling Bell - 47-04-07 Ep. 26
The Adventure Of The Carpathian Horror - 47-04-14 Ep. 27
The Lion's Mane - 47-04-21 Ep. 28
The Island Of Death - 47-04-28 Ep.29
The Affair Of The Pointless Robbery - 47-05-05 Ep. 30
Wisteria Lodge (aka The Voodoo Curse) - 47-05-12 Ep. 31
The Harley Street Murders - 47-05-19 Ep. 32
The Adventure Of The Submerged Baronet - 47-05-26 Ep. 33
The Red-Headed League - 47-06-02 Ep. 34
Murder In The Locked Room - 47-06-09 Ep. 35
Death In The North Sea - 47-06-16 Ep. 36
The Adventure Of The Speckled Band - 47-06-23 Ep. 37
The Adventure Of The Innocent Murderess - 47-06-30 Ep. 38
The Adventure Of The Iron Maiden - 47-07-07 Ep. 39
The Noble Bachelor (Mystery Theater) - 60-12