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Friday, March 29, 2013

Sherlock Holmes Society of London

Founded in 1951, the Society is open to anyone with an interest in Sherlock Holmes, Dr John H. Watson and their world. It is a literary and social Society, publishing a scholarly Journal and occasional papers, and holding meetings, dinners and excursions.
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The Long Man and the Grace Chalice
The Long Man In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original stories, Dr Watson drops tantalising hints about other cases of the great detective. Here we attempt to reconstruct two of these unpublished exploits.
In "The Long Man", while Holmes investigates an insurance fraud a brilliant police detective pursues a Macedonian gun-runner. Then an inoffensive archaeologist is murdered... Rafe McGregor's story is dramatised by M J Elliott.
"The Grace Chalice" tells how Sherlock Holmes solves the mysterious theft of a priceless mediaeval cup. Roger Johnson has adapted his own story.
The plays were recorded by David Booth and John Rhodes at Pig Pen Studio for Hosiprog Productions. The producer was Roger Johnson.
"The Long Man" is copyright © 2011 by Rafe McGregor & M J Elliott. "The Grace Chalice" is copyright © 2011 by Roger Johnson. The recorded production is copyright © 2011 by the Old Court Radio Theatre Company.
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The Strange Case of Miss Alice Faulkner
The Strange Case of
Miss Alice Faulkner While rewriting Conan Doyle's script, the American actor William Gillette famously asked, "May I marry Holmes?" The author replied, "You may marry or murder, or do what you like with him!" The resulting play was first staged in 1899 and has lasted for more than a century. Gillette himself recorded an abridged version in 1935, for the Lux Radio Theater. Three years later Orson Welles adapted the play as an hour-long drama for the Mercury Theater on the Air, in which he took the leading role, giving a remarkable impersonation of Gillette.
The play wasn't heard on British radio until 1953, when the classic partnership of Carleton Hobbs and Norman Shelley took the roles of Holmes and Watson in an adaptation by Raymond Raikes, with Frederick Valk as Professor Moriarty. Although two good audio productions were made in California in recent years, each with a distinguished British actor in the lead Ð Martin Jarvis and David Warner - the play hasn't been heard on British radio since the 1950s.
In the Old Court Radio Theatre Company's new adaptation, JIM CROZIER and DAVE HAWKES return as Holmes and Watson - roles that they have made very much their own - with CYRIL BAGSHAW as Professor Moriarty. The supporting cast comprises; BETH WALTERS, SIMON THOMAS, KATHERINE TOKLEY, MARK PRESTON, VINCE WEBB, LINDSAY LLOYD, IVOR JEVONS, JESSE POWIS, M J ELLIOTT and BRIAN ADRIAN.
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The Man with the Watches
The Man with the Watches FIVE YEARS AFTER the supposed death of Sherlock Holmes at the hands of his arch-enemy Professor Moriarty, The Strand Magazine published two apparently unrelated mystery stories, each quoting an un-named criminal investigator. Devotees have long debated the identity of this person: was he Sherlock Holmes or not? In this ingenious new play, M J ELLIOTT assumes that Holmes and Watson did investigate the mysterious murder on the Rugby express.

The Lost Special
The Gloria Scott FIVE YEARS AFTER the supposed death of Sherlock Holmes at the hands of his arch-enemy Professor Moriarty, The Strand Magazine published two apparently unrelated mystery stories, each quoting an un-named criminal investigator. Devotees have long debated the identity of this person: was he Sherlock Holmes or not? In this ingenious new play, M J ELLIOTT assumes that Holmes and Watson did investigate the baffling disappearance of a special train.

The Gloria Scott
The Gloria Scott Sherlock Holmes told his friend Watson that the case of "The Gloria Scott" was the beginning of his career as a professional detective. It occurred during his student days, and it concerned theft, murder and blackmail.

Wisteria Lodge
The Gloria Scott The complex problem of "Wisteria Lodge" gave him plenty of scope. And set him in friendly rivalry with Inspector Baynes of the Surrey Constabulary, the only police official who was unarguably his equal as a detective.

The Mazarin Stone
The Gloria Scott This story comes from The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes, the last of the nine books about the great detective to be written by his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The Mazarin Stone, being based on a stage play, The Crown Diamond.

The Veiled Lodger
The Veiled Lodger This story also comes from The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes. In The Veiled Lodger Homes and Watson are listeners with us to the story of a past crime - but what a story it is! Devotees will recognise elements from Conan Doyle's apocryphal tale 'The Field Bazaar'.

The Yellow Face
The Yellow Face Before BBC Radio 4's dramatisation of the complete Sherlock Holmes Canon, THE YELLOW FACE had never been adapted for radio. Until now! Now this most elusive adventure is available in a witty and exciting new dramatisation by M J ELLIOTT.

The Three Students
The Three Students THE THREE STUDENTS was broadcast in the early 1950s on the Light Programme, in Children's Hour, but no recordings exist. And that's all. Until now! Now this most elusive adventure is available in a witty and exciting new dramatisation by M J ELLIOTT.

The Beryl Coronet
The Beryl Coronet From the first volume of Dr Watson's chronicles, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Beryl Coronet takes Holmes and Watson into a world of high society and high finance. Not for the first time, or the last, they must deal with the indiscretions of a truly illustrious client.

The Speckled Band
The Speckled Band The Speckled Band" is an altogether darker business - a tale of madness, violence and gothic suspense. Dr Grimesby Roylott (wonderful name!) is one of the classic villains, and the story has consistently ranked among the all-time favourites since it was first published in The Strand Magazine in 1891.

Shoscombe Old Place
Shoscombe Old Place Holmes's investigation in the 1890's of the events at Shoscombe Old Place - the eccentric behaviour of Sir Robert Norberton and the sinister mystery of the haunted crypt - was triumphantly successful.

The Five Orange Pips
The Five Orange Pips The case of 'The Five Orange Pips', from the late 1880s, was one of Sherlock Holmes' rare failures: he identified the doom that stalked the Openshaw family, but could not prevent the murder of his client.

Melody Hour, The


The Carnation Contented Hour was a long-running radio music series, sponsored by the Carnation Milk Company, which premiered April 26, 1931 on the regional NBC West Coast network. The full network series began January 4, 1932 and was heard for two decades until its final broadcast on December 30, 1951.

With its opening theme, "Contented," the musical variety show featured Percy Faith and his orchestra. Performers varied but usually included Buddy Clark, vocalist; Reinhold Schmidt, bass; and Josephine Antoine, soprano. The announcer was Vincent Pelletier. The program's producers were Harry K. Gilman and C. H. Cottington.

Until October 24, 1932, the program featured Gene Arnold and Herman Larson, broadcast over NBC Blue on Mondays at 8pm. Buddy Clark joined the cast on October 31, 1932. From October 2, 1949 until December 30, 1951 it was heard Sundays on the Columbia Broadcasting System with Dick Haymes starring.

During World War II, the Armed Forces Radio Service obtained rights to rebroadcast the program to military personnel. Recordings were made on 16" electrical transcription discs for playback at 33 1/3 rpm over AFRS. Commercial messages were edited out, and the program was re-titled The Melody Hour.

Jay Hickerson's The Ultimate History of Network Radio Programming and Guide to all Circulating Shows (1992) indicates that the program was on NBC at 8pm from October 31, 1932, moving to 10pm from November 21, 1932 until September 26, 1949. He reports that there are 43 recorded shows available, 36 bearing dates.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Epic Casebook Of Inspector Carr, The (1956-85)


The Epic Casebook Of Inspector Carr (1956-85) - "... in which Inspector Carr investigates ..." - The highly successful detective series, starring Hugh Rouse as Inspector Carr. Written & Produced by Michael Silver at the CRC Studios, Johannesburg. The series aired originally on Thursday evenings at 21H30, sponsored by the Epic Oil Company of S.A. In 1977 the sponsorship ended and the series was renamed "Inspector Carr Investigates" and moved to the earlier slot of 20H30. The first actor to play Inspector Carr was Don Davis, he was replaced in 1959 by Hugh Rouse. Don returned briefly in 1963 for 14 episodes. However Hugh Rouse made this series his own. A short lived television series was made by the SABC in the early 1980's with Michael McCabe, playing the famous Inspector. Sadly the transformation from radio to television was a total disaster. The series ended in June 1985 on Springbok Radio. A local Johannesburg radio station, Radio Today 1485am tried to revive the series in 1997, sadly copyright issues could not be cleared up & the idea was abandoned. The series is currently being rebroadcast on the Internet Radio Service of Springbok Radio  can be heard on Thursdays.
Springbok Radio broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


PURSUIT (CBS 1949 - 1952)


PURSUIT (CBS 1949 - 1952) was a detective series that presented the cases of the fictional Scotland Yard Inspector Peter Black. (The leading character was called Inspector Harvey in the audition show and the first episode.) The Inspector was a dedicated policeman, a man hunter, who once on the case, would not rest until the wrongdoer was brought to justice. Black was assisted in cases by Sgt. Moffet.

The series was unusual in that it featured dual narration. Starting in the Spring of 1950, Bill Johnstone provided the opening and closing narrations and sometimes, bridges between commercials. Inspector Black furnished the change of scenes and overall case narrations.

Standard Opening: Spoken by the Narrator:

"PURSUIT. "A criminal strikes and fades quickly back into
the shadow of his own dark world. . . and then, the man
from Scotland Yard, the famous Inspector Peter Black, and
the relentless, dangerous pursuit. . When man hunts man!"

Ted de Corsia as Inspector Harvey (10/27/1949 episode only)
As Inspector Peter Black:
Ted de Corsia (11/03/1949 - 04/18/1950)
John Dehner (04/25/1950, and 07/01/1950 - 07/22/1950)
Herb Butterfield (05/02/1950)
Ben Wright (07/10/1951 - 03/25/1952)
Raymond Lawrence as Sergeant Moffet
Bill Johnstone as Chief Inspector Harkness/Narrator
By OTR-logs Stewart Wright


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Adventures by Morse (OTRR Certified)


ADVENTURES BY MORSE - From January 16, 1939 to January 26, 1952, stories from the pen of Carlton E. Morse graced the airwaves. The main ones remembered are One Man's Family, I Love A Mystery, and Adventures by Morse. Adventures by Morse related the escapades of Captain Bart Friday and Skip Turner, two San Francisco private investigators. Friday was a no-nonsense type, raised in the California. Turner was quite a bit the lady's man, complete with a laconic Southern accent. Their occasional work for U.S. Military Intelligence takes them around the globe. The series consisted of eight serials that ran from October 26, 1944 to October 18, 1945. The first serial, "City of the Dead", consisted of ten episodes. The second serial was done in three episodes. The remainder of the series lternated between ten and three 30-minute episodes. The adventures cover the world as well as the world of adventure. They take place on a South Pacific island, South America, Cambodia, and South Carolina plus other locations. They deal with murder, espionage, Nazi secret bases, kidnappers, voodoo and even snake worshippers. If you're looking for adventure, you'll find it here. (From the Old Time Radio Researcher's Group)


Monday, March 25, 2013

Creaking Door, The (SA)


The Creaking Door
was an old-time radio series of horror and suspense shows originating in South Africa. There are at present anywhere from 34-37 extant episodes in MP3 circulation, yet no currently available program logs for the series indicate the year of the series' broadcast (though it was likely sometime in the 1950s, given the generally high audio quality of the available shows), or the total number of episodes, and only a handful of them are known by their broadcast order. The stories are thrillers in the Inner Sanctum vein, and generally thought of favorably by most fans of OTR.


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Beyond Midnight (SA)


Beyond Midnight (1968 - 1969) was written by Michael McCabe and was produced in South Africa. It was a replacement for another series McCabe produced, called SF68 which adapted famous Sci-fi stories to radio. Beyond Midnight was more horror oriented, including madness, murder, and the supernatural.


Saturday, March 23, 2013

Squad Cars (SA)

Probably one of the most popular radio programs ever broadcast in South Africa. Week by week a dramatized story of the South African Police at work would unfold. The series originally went out for broadcast on Sunday evenings. After 6 months the program moved to it's familiar Friday night 7H30pm slot on Springbok Radio, where it remained until 1979. Because of the popularity of the Friday night western series' on South African television at the same time slot as "Squad Cars", the series moved to 8H30pm and remained there until the end of June 1985 when the series came to an end. Two attempts were made to take the series to the screen. In 1974 a film called "Flying Squad" went onto the South African film circuit, followed in 1978 with a Television series called "Big City Heat". Neither of these shows were great successes, the masses still preferred to listen to the original on radio.


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References: Old Time Radio Researchers Group, Wikipedia, Frank Passage & Others OTR Logs, Archive.org, Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio by John Dunning, Australian Old Time Radio Group

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