Month: March 2011

EP0366: The Abbotts: The Blue Rocket Express

Claudia Morgan

Pat and Jean find the body of a scientist specializing in biological warfare dead in their compartment. When Pat finds out a man identifying himself as the scientist is a passenger on a train to California, he and Jean enter a race against time to stop the train and the imposter aboard.

Original Air Date: April 17, 1955

1957 AFRTS Transcription

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The Rathbone-Bruce Countdown, Part Two

Continuing on our list of Rathbone-Bruce Sherlock Holmes movies from best to worst (see Part One):

10) Pursuit to Algiers (1945):

This post-war picture takes Holmes and Watson on a ship-board adventure as they are tasked with guarding the heir to the throne of a fictional nation. The film featured some nice red herrings as well as Nigel Bruce singing . If the film had any weakness, it was its villains, who were no match for Holmes. I think the 3 stooges would have been a greater challenge.

9) Terror by Night (1946)

Immediately following, “Pursuit to Algiers,” the Producers decided to put Holmes and Watson on a train. Other than the first two scenes, the action is all on the train. It’s a taut thriller without a lot of fluff, but manges to get in a decent mystery, plenty of excitement, and a few nice twists at the end.

8 )The Spiderwoman (1944)

A series of suicides by men in their pajamas. Holmes however suspects that it’s really a fiendish murder plot. This film features one of the best villains of the series in Gale Sondergaard who is the ultimate femme fatale as the mastermind of the plot. This film features deadly peril for both Holmes and Watson, and a suspenseful ending. Also, not to give away too much, you get to see what targets you’d find in a shooting gallery during World War II.

7) The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)

This was the first appearance by Rathbone and Bruce as Holmes and Watson and follows the classic mystery novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in a baffling whodunit as Holmes has to find out who is trying to use the myth of the Hound of the Baskerville to do in the young lord of the manor. Hound of  the Baskervilles is also noted for its haunting scenes of the Scottish Moors. Its very realistic and helps to set the mood of the film. These scenes alone make Hound of the Baskervilles a must-see.

EP0365: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Byron Hayes Matter

Edmond O'Brien

The prime suspect in the murder of a beneficiary gets a secret meeting with Johnny that leads to Johnny uncovering infidelity and blackmail

Original Air Date: March 24, 1951

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EP0364: Sherlock Holmes: The Darlington Substitution Case

Tom Conway

Early in his career and desperate for a case, Holmes accepts as a job as a bodyguard to an unlikable man who turns out to be blackmailer.

Original Air Date: January 4, 1947

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EP0363: Let George Do It: Double Death

Bob Bailey

George is hired by a man to find his missing wife, but all the evidence George can find points to the man having murdered her.

Original Air Date: October 17, 1949

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