Month: May 2018

EP2504s: The Bob Hope Show with Guest Star Jack Webb

Jack Webb

Sergeant Friday has to solve a murder while breaking in a new partner…Detective Bob Hope.

Original Air Date: February 4, 1953

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EP2504: Dragnet: The Big False Move

Jack Webb

A man has confessed to holding up a store, but Friday suspects he’s not telling the truth.

Original Air Date: May 10, 1953

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Audio Drama Review: The Master of Blackstone Grange

Big Finish’s latest Sherlock Holmes release features a three-hour Sherlock Holmes adventure and a one-hour Christmas special.

In the titular Master of Blackstone Grange, Holmes is bored by the lack of a challenge now that Professor Moriarty is gone. However, Watson’s barber is distraught because of some strange problem he’s having with his wife. Watson sees this as a case that can get Holmes out of his doldrums. While Holmes is initially interested, that interest wanes when Moriarty’s henchman, Colonel Sebastian Moran is released from prison. This leaves Holmes unavailable when their client heads to the home of the country’s newest multi-millionaire, Honest Jim Sheedy. However, the barber has plenty of company as all the country’s great men are coming together at Blackstone Grange. But why?

The plot of this story borrows a lot from other Doyle work. The story pays homage to both The Valley of Fear and Hound of the Baskervilles. Yet, this doesn’t stop the story from having its own original plot and mystery but helps to set up the story and give it a sense of authenticity.

The performances are solid as usual. Nicholas Briggs is a very good audio Holmes, able to adjust his performance to capture different aspects and eras in Holmes life. Here, he manages to play mostly to Holmes’ melancholy and do so quite skillfully. Richard Earl is the consummate Watson, and in this story, we get to see a little of the widowed Watson. The rest of the cast is very competent, but Harry Peacock deserves special praise for his performance as one of the villains, Honest Jim Sheedy. Peacock is able to play Sheedy alternately as charming and menacing in ways that are equally convincing.

In The Fleet Street Transparency, Sherlock Holmes gets a mystery at Christmastime of a columnist who complains about his columns being edited before they appear in the paper. He doesn’t want to take the case at first but relents out of curiosity when a thug is hired to threaten him into doing it.

This is not a great Holmes story but it is pretty good. The solution doesn’t tax Holmes’ brainpower much, but it has a unique ending. What does make it worth listening to is the general authenticity of the script. There are moments that feel positively like it’s out of canon. A couple moments take you out of that, such as Holmes and Watson passing judgment on their client’s political views. However, it maintains authenticity far more often than not. Briggs and Earl turn in another solid performance. The story is sure to be a fun Christmas listen.

Both stories feature superb music by Jamie Robertson which captures both the feel of the era and the respective seasons.

Overall, this is another solid box set from Big Finish.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5

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EP2503: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Perilous Padre Matter

Mandel Kramer

Johnny is called to a small island off the coast of Corpus Christi by an insurance agent to look for a lost treasure and something he’d let Johnny know when he arrived. When Johnny arrives, he finds the insurance agent gone missing.

Original Air Date: August 6, 1961

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EP2502: Boston Blackie: The Joe Adams Drowning Murder

Richard Kollmar

A body is found in the sea lions’ pool at the zoo.

Original Air Date: May 14, 1947

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EP2501: Rocky Jordan: Count Me Out

Dan Duryea

Rocky goes to see a dancer whose drawing patrons away from the Café Tambourine and she asks Rocky to protect her.

Original Air Date: November 7, 1948

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EP2500: Man from Homicide: The Drowned Girl case

Dan Duryea

The body of a young woman is dragged from the river and a policeman said he saw her jump in, but Lieutenant Dana doesn’t believe it was suicide.

Original Air Date: August 6, 1951

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