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The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, this series ran from 1939 to 1947.

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was an old-time radio show which aired in the USA from October 2, 1939 to July 7, 1947. The show first aired on the Blue Network but later moved to the Mutual Broadcasting System. The radio stories were action packed, filled with atmosphere, and featured great music by Lou Kosloff, as well as excellent sound effects.

Originally, the show starred Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson. Together, they starred in 220 episodes which aired weekly on Mondays from 8:30 to 9:00pm. Commercialism seeped into the radio show from the start, as Watson himself took on the co-host role with a spokesman for G. Washington Tea as a visitor ready to hear a Holmes story. Before a blazing fire with tea always at the brew, Watson reminiscences the great tales between comments on how good the tea is! Bromo Quinine sponsored some of the earlier programs on the NBC Blue Network and for a period Parker Pen was the sponsor.

Bruce was replaced in some episodes due to illness. Basil Rathbone's last episode as the famous detective was "The Singular Affair of the Baconian Cipher". He was eager to separate himself from the cast type of Holmes, and even though the show's sponsor Petri Wine offered him generous pay to continue, he decided to move on. Once he did, the sponsor did as well, and Tom Conway took the starring role, though Nigel Bruce got top billing and was always announced first. The new sponsor was Kreml Hair Tonic for Men, and the new series only lasted 39 episodes.

For American radio, the heroine of Holmes on the radio was Edith Meiser, an actress who loved the stories and was convinced they would make great listening. She scripted several Conan Doyle stories and took them around. NBC liked them, but had no sponsor ready. Meiser shopped for a sponsor for the show herself, and went back to the network triumphantly. Beginning in the early 1930's, she single-handed wrote the show for over a dozen years, first working from the Conan Doyle canon, and then continuing to create stories in the spirit of the originals.

  1. The Bruce-Partington Plans (40.4Mb)
  2. The Retired Colourman (40.2Mb)
  3. The Copper Beeches (6.2Mb)
  4. Mrs Warren's Key (6.7Mb)
  5. The Camberwell Poisoning Case (6.7Mb)
  6. Adventure Of The Missing Bloodstain (31.6Mb)
  7. The Superfluous Pearl (4.8Mb)
  8. The Book of Tobit (40.5Mb)
  9. The Amateur Mendicant Society (40.6Mb)
  10. The Viennese Strangler (35.7Mb)
  11. The Notorious Canary Trainer (36.1Mb)
  12. The Unfortunate Tobacconist (35.6Mb)
  13. The Purloined Ruby (40.9Mb)
  14. In Flanders Field (38.9Mb)
  15. The Paradol Chamber (35.1Mb)
  16. The Limping Ghost (38.3Mb)
  17. Colonel Warburton's Madness (38.8Mb)
  18. The Out Of Date Murder (6.6Mb)
  19. The Eyes of Mr Leyton (39.6Mb)
  20. The Problem of Thor Bridge (39.2Mb)
  21. The Vanishing Elephant (39.5Mb)
  22. The Manor House Case (40.1Mb)
  23. The Great Gandolfo (39.8Mb)
  24. Murder in the Moonlight (39.3Mb)
  25. The Fifth of November (40.2Mb)
  26. The Speckled Band (39.8Mb)
  27. Double Zero (39.4Mb)
  28. Accidental Murderess (39.4Mb)
  29. Murder in the Casbah (38.7Mb)
  30. A Scandal in Bohemia (21Mb)
  31. The Second Generation (39.5Mb)
  32. Night Before Christmas (39.2Mb)
  33. The Case of the Iron Box (40.2Mb)
  34. The Murderer in Wax (39.3Mb)
  35. Murder In The Himalayas (6.7Mb)
  36. The Telltale Pigeon Feathers (38.9Mb)
  37. The Demon Barber (39.7Mb)
  38. The Cross of Damascus (26.2Mb)
  39. The Guileless Gypsy (6.6Mb)
  40. The Terrifying Cats (6.5Mb)
  41. The Submarine Caves (6.7Mb)
  42. The Living Doll (6.5Mb)
  43. The Blarney Stone (6.6Mb)
  44. The Girl with Gazelle (6.4Mb)
  45. April Fool's Day Adventure (6.5Mb)
  46. The Disappearing Scientists (3.3Mb)
  47. The Headless Monk (6.4Mb)
  48. The Tankerville Club Scandal (6.6Mb)
  49. The Waltz Of Death (5.4Mb)
  50. The Man With The Twisted Lip (3.3Mb)
  51. The Uneasy Chair (6.6Mb)
  52. The Haunting Of Sherlock Holmes (6.7Mb)
  53. The Baconian Cipher (6.6Mb)
  54. The Genuine Guarnarius (6.7Mb)
  55. The Sally Martin (6.6Mb)
  56. The Coptic Compass, the Half-Eaten Apple and the Unclothed Corpse (6.7Mb)
  57. The White Cockerel (6.6Mb)
  58. The Darlington Substitution (6.6Mb)
  59. The Babbling Butler (6.7Mb)
  60. The Persecuted Millionaire (6.8Mb)
  61. The Horseless Carriage (6.7Mb)
  62. The Maltree Abbey (6.7Mb)
  63. The Carpathian Horror (6.7Mb)
  64. The Island Of Death (6.6Mb)
  65. Wysteria Lodge (6.7Mb)
  66. The Iron Maiden (6.8Mb)

MP3 files hosted by archive.org, rathboneandbruce.net.