Episode #023 – The Adventure of the Crooked Man

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Join Angela, Tabz, Scott and John as they discussed The Adventure of the Crooked Man

In this story, Holmes calls on Watson late one evening to tell him about a case that he has been working on, and also to invite him to be a witness to the final stage of the investigation. Colonel James Barclay, of The Royal Mallows based at Aldershot Camp, is dead, apparently by violence, and his wife Nancy is the prime suspect (Wikipedia).

Theme song by Austin Wintory.

The Adaptations #004 – Ronald Howard, A Radio Drama, and Sherlock Baffled

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Join Tabz, Angela, John and Scott as they discuss Ronald Howard’s TV Sherlock Holmes in The Case of the Cunningham Heritage, the 1985 radio drama The Reigate Mystery, and the very earliest still in existence film, Sherlock Baffled.

Episode #022 – The Adventure of the Reigate Squire

Illus-reig-paget-04 Join Angela, Tabz, Scott and John as they discuss the Reigate Squire (I know, Angela kept saying PUZZLE, but that is not correct…. crazy Americans).

In this story, Watson takes Holmes to a friend’s estate near Reigate in Surrey to rest after a rather strenuous case in France. But, as it is with any detective who goes on holiday, soon someone gets terribly murdered and Holmes finds that his services are needed here. He also finds that his recent illness serves him well.

The Adaptations #003 – The Musgrave Ritual (Jeremy Brett & Basil Rathbone)

The Musgrave Ritual (Jeremy Brett)

Join Tabz, John, Scott and Angela as they discuss two adaptions of “The Musgrave Ritual,” one with Jeremy Brett and the 1943 Sherlock Holmes Faces Death with Basil Rathbone. Both adaptations take liberties with the original source material and we discuss the differences and our enjoyment of them. This is John’s first view of a Basil Rathbone film!

Tabz mentions a NY Times Review. You can read it here.

Episode #021 – The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual

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Join Angela, Tabz, Scott and John as they discuss The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual. In this story Holmes recounts to Watson the events arising after a visit from a university acquaintance, Reginald Musgrave. Musgrave visits Holmes after the disappearance of two of his domestic staff, Rachel Howells, a maid, and Richard Brunton, the longtime butler. The pair vanished after Musgrave had dismissed Brunton for secretly reading a family document, the Musgrave Ritual. The Ritual, which dates from the 17th century (Wikipedia).

Theme song by Austin Wintory.

Episode #020 – The Adventure of the Gloria Scott

Glor-02 Join Angela, John, Scott and Tabz as they discuss The Adventure of the Gloria Scott. In this episode we find out that in his university days, Holmes spent a month with his friend, Victor Trevor, at his father’s estate in Norfolk. While there, Holmes amazed his host, Victor’s father, who was a Justice of the Peace and a landowner besides. He had made his fortune in the goldfields in Australia. One of Holmes’s deductions was that the elder Mr. Trevor was once connected with someone with the initials J. A. whom he wanted to forget. His host then passed out on the table. Holmes had touched a sore spot, and possibly did not believe the old man’s explanation once he had come back to himself that J. A. had been an old lover (Wikipedia).

Theme song by Austin Wintory.

Episode #019 – The Adventure of the Stockbroker’s Clerk

Stoc-05 Join Angela, John, Scott and Tabz as they discuss The Adventure of the Stockbroker’s Clerk. In this episode a young clerk, Hall Pycroft, consults Holmes with his suspicions concerning a company that has offered him a very well-paid job. Holmes, Watson and Pycroft travel by train to Birmingham, where the job is initially to be based, and Pycroft explains that he was recently made redundant from (i. e., was discharged by) a stockbroking house. He eventually secured a new post with another stockbrokers, Mawson and Williams, in Lombard Street in the City. Before taking up the job, he was approached by Arthur Pinner, who offered him a managership with a newly established hardware distribution company, to be based in France (Story Synopsis from Wikipedia).

 

Theme song by Austin Wintory.

The Adaptations #002 – A Study in Scarlet Adaptations (The Dueling Peters)

A Study in Scarlet (with Peter Cushing as Sherlock Holmes)

A Study in Scarlet (with Peter Cushing as Sherlock Holmes)

Join Tabz, John, Scott and Angela as they discuss two adaptions of “A Study in Scarlet.” In this episode we discuss: the BBC Sherlock Holmes series with Peter Cushing (1968)  and the 1983 animated version produced by Burbank Films Australia, with Peter O’Toole voicing Sherlock Holmes.

Episode #018 – The Adventure of the Yellow Face

Paget_Holmes_Yellow_Face_child Join John, Angela, Scott and Tabz as they discuss “The Adventure of the Yellow Face.” In this story, Sherlock Holmes, suffering from boredom due to a want of cases, returns home from a walk with Dr. Watson in the early spring of 1888 to find he has missed a visitor, but that the caller has left his pipe behind. From it, Holmes deduces that he was disturbed of mind (because he forgot the pipe); that he valued it highly (because he had repaired, rather than replaced, it when it was broken); that he was muscular, left-handed, had excellent teeth, was careless in his habits and was well-off.

None of these deductions is particularly germane to the story: they are merely Holmesian logical exercises. When the visitor, Mr. Grant Munro (whose name Holmes observed from his hatband) returns, Holmes and Watson hear the story of Munro’s deception by his wife Effie. She had been previously married in America, but her husband and child had died of yellow fever, whereupon she returned to England and met and married Munro. Their marriage had been blissful — “We have not had a difference, not one, in thought, or word, or deed,” says Grant Munro — until she asked for a hundred pounds and begged him not to ask why. Two months later, Effie Munro was caught conducting secret liaisons with the occupants of a cottage near the Munro house in Norbury (Story synopsis from Wikipedia).

Theme song by Austin Wintory.

Episode #017 – Silver Blaze

download Join Angela, John and Tabz as they discuss “Silver Blaze.” One of the most popular Sherlock Holmes short stories, “Silver Blaze” focuses on the disappearance of the titular race horse (a famous winner) on the eve of an important race and on the apparent murder of its trainer. The tale is distinguished by its atmospheric Dartmoor setting and late-Victorian sporting milieu. It also features some of Conan Doyle’s most effective plotting, hinging on the “curious incident of the dog in the night-time.”

 

Theme song by Austin Wintory.

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