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7Aug/140

EP1332: Nick Carter: The Case of the Talking Tree

Lon Clark

Nick investigates the death of a homeless man who dies on a trolley mumbling about talking trees.

Original Air Date: September 9, 1945

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6Aug/140

EP1331: Philip Marlowe: The Orange Dog

Gerald Mohr
Marlowe stars out looking for a woman's missing sister and instead finds himself in Chinatown on the trail of the orange dog of Fo.

Original Air Date: January 22, 1949

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5Aug/140

EP1330: Pat Novak: Agnes Bolton

Jack Webb

Pat Novak hired to follow a woman, and while he's doing it, she drops dead in a phone booth and once again Hellman puts the finger on Novak.

Original Air Date: June 5, 1949

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4Aug/140

EP1329: Pursuit: Pursuit of the Night Ferry

Ben Wright
Peter Black, Moffet, and another policeman are on board a night train after a tip was sent of a potential robbery.

Original Air Date: November 20, 1951

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2Aug/140

Top 12 Sherlock Holmes Stories, Part Two

We continue our countdown of the top 12 Sherlock Holmes stories. (See: Part One.)

7) The Scandal in Bohemia (1891)

A case that Holmes was mastered in. It’s a clever and satisfying story about Holmes attempt to obtain incriminating leters and a photograph that could compromise the King of Bohemia and his upcoming wedding. The story plays off of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Purloined Letter” but takes the story in a different direction. The result is a very bold short story, particularly as a choice to lead off the first Sherlock Holmes short story collection.

6) The Adventure of the Six Napoleons (1904)

This is a story that illustrates what sets Sherlock Holmes apart from the Scotland Yard. It’s not just that he finds the right answers.  It's that he asks the right questions. When a series of burglaries occur involving busts of Napoleon, Scotland Yard concludes that its the work of a monomaniac and sets about finding him but Holmes sees the puzzle of why he’s smashing the busts to be an open question and that leads to a different investigation. Also, I really like the tribute Inspector Lestrade pays to Holmes at the end of the story. It says a lot about Holmes and how his relationship has develop with Scotland Yard over the prior two decades.

5) The Speckled Band (1892)

This was actually Doyle’s favorite of his stories and there’s plenty of iconic moments. The mystery and the solution to it are the stuff of nightmares. It’s a story with a lot of suspense and a thrilling conclusion. I also love Dr. Grimesby Roylott’s take on Holmes, “Holmes the meddler. Holmes the busybody. Holmes the Scotland Yard Jack-in-office.” It’s a classic scene of a man trying in vain to deflect Sherlock Holmes with invective and antics. Roylott makes for a fantastic villain and that makes this a particularly enjoyable read.

4) The Silver Blaze (1892)

Sherlock Holmes’ search for a missing race horse seems seems a simple enough problem at first with a mysterious stranger having been seen in the area on the night the horse disappeared, and its trainer was killed. The solution is far different than we imagined and is extremely clever. This is a wonderfully constructed mystery and was the only Holmes story cited by Father Brown creator G.K. Chesterton in his essay on how to write detective fiction. This is also a story where Holmes solves the case  with a nice dramatic flourish, withholding the solution to Watson, the owner, and Inspector Gregory until the day of the big race.

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2Aug/140

EP1328: Police Headquarters: Frame Up and Death of a Mystery Writer

A police Captain's son is charged with murder in, "Frame Up."

A mystery writer is killed before finishing his long-running serial in, "Death of a Mystery Writer."

Original Air Date: Episodes (38 and 39)

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1Aug/140

EP1327: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Suntan Oil Matter

Bob Bailey

Johnny investigates the disappearance of a necklace owned by the wife of an oil man trying to hang on to his young wife.

Original Air Date: March 10, 1957

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31Jul/140

EP1326: Nick Carter: The Vanishing Postman

Lon Clark

After a car accident, Nick happens on a leather bag belonging to a postman who disappeared seven years ago.

Original Air Date: August 26, 1945

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30Jul/140

EP1325: Phillip Marlowe: The Black Halo

Gerald Mohr

Marlowe looks for a woman who works for a major perfume company.

Original Air Date: January 15, 1949

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29Jul/141

EP1324: Pat Novak for Hire: Give Envelope to John St. John

Jack Webb

A dying man gives Novak an envelope with the mission to deliver it to John St. John.

Original Air Date: May 22, 1949

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