The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Anything to do with Sherlock Holmes on Radio from the 1930's to today.

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frontrowkid
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The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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In 1939, Twentieth Century Fox produced two Sherlock Holmes films, Hound of the Baskervilles and Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. The stars Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce proved to be so popular that a radio program was produced later that year. The initial sponsor was Bromo Quinine Tablets and the announcer was Knox Manning, whose voice became familiar to Saturday afternoon kids who watched the Columbia serials. Rathbone was perfect for the part because of his physical resemblance to illustrations in the Conan Doyle stories. Nigel Bruce however did not fit the describtion of Dr. Watson, either physically or in character. He was the typical bumbling sidekick of movie heroes of the day. In 1942, Universal began their Sherlock Holmes series which lasted until 1946. At that time, Rathbone opted to bow out of the role even though the radio show producers offered him a lucative contract. He was later to play the detective in a short run play on Broadway. While he often parodied his role as Holmes on different comedy shows, he then went into a light hearted detective series called "Tales of Fatima" where as Rathbone the actor, he often became involved in solving crimes.
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