The Great Radio Detectives: Sherlock Holmes and Sam Spade

The Great Radio Detectives: Sherlock Holmes and Sam Spade

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: “A Scandal in Bohemia”

The Adventures of Sam Spade: “The Blood Money Caper”

Original Air Dates: September 10, 1945; September 29, 1946

Performance Date: April 11, 2010

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes originally aired on radio from 1939 until 1947. It starred Basil Rathbone as the great detective Sherlock Holmes and Nigil Bruce as his trusty sidekick Dr. John Watson. The show utilized an interesting framing device where the sponsor would drop by Dr. Watson's home and ask to hear the story of one of Holmes' adventures.

In this episode, based on the short story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the Crown Prince of Bohemia seeks Holmes’ assistance in thwarting a blackmail plot involving an opera singer from New Jersey.

The Adventures of Sam Spade ran for 13 episodes on ABC in 1946, on CBS for 157 episodes between 1946 and 1949, and finally for 51 episodes on NBC from 1949-1951. It starred Howard Duff as Sam Spade and Lurene Tuttle as his sectretary Effie. Howard Duff was replaced in 1950 by Steve Dunne due to Duff being blacklisted in Hollywood. It was loosely based on the character created by Dashiell Hammett for his 1930 novel The Maltese Falcon.

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