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Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. Their names are forever linked, just as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are. And it is their remarkable seven-year collaboration that we discuss in this episode.
You've seen their likenesses in still photos. You've probably heard their voices in audio recordings. And you've had a chance to see their films from the late 1930s and early 1940s, whether in the theater, as a Saturday afternoon matinee on television, public TV pledge drive, or perhaps on a DVD or on YouTube.
The point is this: regardless of your level of fondness or distaste for this pairing, they remain iconic and inextricably linked to their portrayals of the world's greatest detective and his medical companion. Yes, it was Nigel Bruce's version of Dr. Watson that was called boobus Britannicus, but it seemed to fit with the times and with the air of the series.
We take you on a journey from their initial outing in The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in 1939 at 20th Century Fox, to their radio drama collaboration under Edith Meiser and later Anthony Boucher, and through the 12-film series under the Universal banner. Audio clips from the films and the radio show are included as we All of these portrayals left a permanent mark on their careers as well as on the world of Sherlock Holmes.
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7:15 Sponsor: Wessex Press
9:00 The definitive Holmes and Watson for generations
10:56 The Collaboration begins
17:56 The Adventures
26:30 Off to radio-land
31:35 Universal steps in after negotiating with the Conan Doyle Estate
35:44 The Voice of Terror
42:44 The Secret Weapon
50:12 Sherlock Holmes in Washington
55:17 Sherlock Holmes Faces Death
59:06 Sponsor: Sherlock Holmes and the Cryptic Clues
1:03:13 The Spider Woman
1:06:03 The Scarlet Claw and the BSI Trilogy Dinner
1:08:35 The Pearl of Death
1:11:52 The House of Fear
1:13:37 The Woman in Green
1:18:24 Pursuit to Algiers
1:20:50 Terror by Night
1:23:31 Dressed to Kill
1:33:18 An important message from the BSJ
1:34:44 Your support means a great deal to us
- The Complete Collection of Sherlock Holmes on Blu-Ray (Amazon)
- The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes on radio
- Our interview with Michael Hoey, son of Dennis Hoey.
- Rathbone's autobiography In and Out of Character
- Rathbone's visit to the Wayne Campus
- An interview with Pauline Page, daughter of Nigel Bruce, by Nicholas Utechin for the Sherlock Holmes Journal, concerning Bruce's unpublished autobiography Games, Gossip and Greasepaint.
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