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27Aug/150

EP1662: Nick Carter: The Case of the Littlest Gangster

Lon Clark

Nick tries to keep a twelve-year-old boy in a gang out of trouble but the boy becomes involved the murder of a retired police officer.

Original Air Date: May 30, 1948

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26Aug/150

EP1661: Philip Marlowe: The Anniversary Gift

William Conrad

Marlowe is sent by widower in search of his late wife's watch and finds it's tied up in a murder case and his client may be as well.

Original Air Date: April 11, 1950

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25Aug/150

EP1660: Ellery Queen: The Armchair Detective

Lawrence DobkinWhen an armchair detective is murdered on Ellery's radio show, he has to find out who did it.

Original Air Date: March 18, 1948

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24Aug/150

EP1659: The Saint: The Girl in the Lower Berth

Tom Conway

The Saint agrees to meet a woman's husband on the train and ends up investigating the husband's murder.

Original Air Date: June 3, 1951

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23Aug/150

EP1658s: The Mercury Theatre: The Immortal Sherlock Holmes

Orson Welles
Sherlock Holmes  seeks to reclaim letters being used as blackmail and foil the plans of Professor Moriarty.

Original Air Date: September 25, 1938

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22Aug/150

EP1658: Dragnet: The Big Actor

Jack Webb
Friday and Romero investigate the theft of Narcotics from a Catholic hospital.

Original Air Date: August 10, 1950

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22Aug/150

Audio Drama Review: Sherlock Holmes: The Final Problem / The Empty House


The second series of Big Finish's Sherlock Holmes range kicks off with the adaptation of the two Sherlock Holmes stories. "The Final Problem," where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle attempts to kill Holmes off,  and "The Empty House," where Holmes returns.

As writer/star Nicholas Briggs admits, these are not traditional adaptations.  In the previous adaptation, a bonus talking book of "The Speckled Band" was released with a word-for-word reading of that story. This is similar but this production dispenses with "He said." Otherwise this is a  straightforward, almost word-for-word adaptation of Doyle's stories with most of it told through Watson's narration or Holmes narrating to Watson what has happened previously. As such, the strength of these adaptations rest on the strength of the underlying story.

However, Big Finish does add some nice touches. There's an emotional core in these stories that Richard Earl, as Watson, does a superb job of capturing. Briggs turns in a solid performance as Holmes, playing the character perfectly as written, even when he's being smug in "The Empty House."  And one of the most interesting and subtle things they do in "The Final Problem"is tell the narration as Watson writing this down, and we hear the pen crossing the paper and the sound of pen will change and become more pronounced at certain emotional points. It's a simple bit of sound design, but it's  clever and adds something interesting to the production.

These are solid, dramatic readings with a good soundscape added in. However, given the wealth of material and the countless adaptations of these stories, the appeal of this release is limited and this would be the last time Big Finish used the format for Sherlock Holmes.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5.00

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21Aug/150

EP1657: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Rolling Stone Matter

Bob Bailey
Johnny investigates a missing, underinsured jewel.

Original Air Date: May 11, 1958

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20Aug/150

EP1656: Nick Carter: The Case of the Tatooed Cobra

Lon Clark

A young, wealthy heir is found murdered, but another man claiming to be the heir shows up.

Original Air Date: May 23, 1948

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19Aug/150

EP1655: Philip Marlowe: The Man on the Roof

Gerald Mohr

Marlowe is hired by a woman to save her son from a dangerous set-up.

Original Air Date: April 4, 1950

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