Who was Radio's Sherlock Holmes?

When radio's Sherlock Holmes dug into the case at hand, he was as obsessed as a hound-dog on the trail of the scent and as determined as a shark heading towards its quarry. Holmes stuck to it until all possible avenues had been traced. He was a detective’s detective. So what...or rather who created this paragon of detail and pursuit?

As a doctor and writer, Sir Doyle prescribed (like that?) his character of Sherlock Holmes to stay committed to the task at hand...and find the answer. The unique aspect of England’s leading private detective was he found answers where no one even noticed...or dained to perceive a clue. Holmes was a complex mind that harbored cliches for clues and eloquence for action. The radio audience became entranced by Holmes ability to locate the thread in the bizarre location and the drop of wine that “should not have been there”. America developed a following for the non-Tarzan who was as quick with the wit as he was the reveal of the potential cold-case. Who was Holmes...that is still a mystery.


  1. Basil Rathbone was frequently Holmes on the radio, just as he was in the movies. The literary character of Sherlock Holmes could be understood as an alter ego of Arthur Conan Doyle, his creator.


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