EP2045: Richard Diamond: The Lan Jacoby Case

Dick Powell
A killer that Diamond gots deported is back in the country and looking to settle scores…especially with Diamond.

Original Air Date: November 19, 1949

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EP2044: The Private Files of Rex Saunders: A Trip to the Death House

Rex Harrison
A mob boss tries to throw Saunders off the track of a political corruption investigation.

Original Air Date: June 13, 1951

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EP2043: Nightbeat: The Night is a Weapon

Frank Lovejoy

Randy encounters a troubled man trying to steal a gun.

Original Air Date: February 13, 1950

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Video Theater 098: Richard Diamond: Picture of Fear

Richard Diamond’s vacation is disrupted when two dangerous men try to get a picture away from a mysterious woman at any cost.

Season 1, Episode 5

Original Air Date: July 29, 1957

Audio Drama Review: Sacrifice of Sherlock Holmes


Continuing where the previous box set left off, this box set finds Holmes overseeing the funeral of his brother Mycroft. Holmes is the only one who believes Mycroft’s death is anything other than an accident. More than a quarter of a century after he and Watson faced off against the Society in the prior box set, the anarchist evil organization returns with a vengeance with the goal of bringing down the war-weary British government and the world.

This is a  rich set. The four episodes tell one story over the course of a single day. Several themes run through them: Holmes’ retains much of his deductive powers but finds himself out of place in the 1920s. At many times, Holmes feels like John Wayne’s character in the Shootist past his prime but with one last fight in him. The Society’s strike comes right after World War I, and shows a younger generation wants to escape from war and is willing to pay any price to appease them, compared to Holmes and Watson who view them as intolerable evils.

Watson’s marriage is an interesting focus as Eleanor is cool to his adventuring ways and he feels she loves him less than his first two wives. Plus Holmes is menaced by a figure from his past.

Some elements in this story don’t quite work for me. The Extras portion of each CD references this as being, “Victorian Melodrama,” which neither of the previous box sets were. This seems to paper over a few elements that are over the top and out of place in the tone set by the previous sets. This isn’t enough to ruin the stories by any means but without them this would be a perfect four-hour, suspense-filled, action thriller with many great character moments.

As usual, Briggs and Earl are on top form as Holmes and Watson. Natalie Burt and Elizabeth Rider are superb additions as ex-spies. (Vivienne Scott and Eleanor Watson respectively.) The soundscape conveys the epic power of the script quite nicely, and despite a few minor issues, the story is compelling listening from start to finish.

Rating 4.0 out of 5.0

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