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In 1939, 20th Century Fox teamed Basil Rathbone with Nigel Bruce in their lavish production of The Hound Of The Baskervilles and Hollywood introduced one of the most enduring detectives to the world of film. Over the decades interest in Sherlock Holmes wavered and he appeared antiquated to a modern world on the brink on a second world war, until a new plan was instigated....

©2016 Adam Roche (P)2016 Adam Roche

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  • Derrick
  • 19-12-18

Fascinating story of some well-loved characters

Adam Roche has cornered the market in telling interesting and lesser known backstories to famous Hollywood films and stars. For Brits of a certain age who grew up with Basil Rathbone as "their" Holmes, this will be a fascinating narrative, straddling the stories of the actors but also the films in Roche's usual engaging style. The level of detail is great and prompted me to revisit a couple of the films.

OK, it is frothy and a bit sentimental at times, but this is essentially a nostalgia gig. Some of the background music; heavy on poignant piano solos or romantic strings can be a bit tedious, but not overly obtrusive.

One thing that a number of reviewers of Adam Roche's output comment upon is his intonation/accent. Whilst clearly British, I think the narrator tries for a slightly "posher" English accent than he actually has; maybe to appeal to a US audience. Certainly he describes things like the film censors in a way that assumes an understanding of the US system. As a consequence, he stretches some of his vowels in a way which is plainly forced to an British ear. Again, I found that a mild distraction as opposed to a material issue.

All in all, a great listen on an obscure but very engaging subject.

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  • Ian
  • 27-03-19

well informed and well read

I like film history and this book was very enjoyable very nicely read and interesting.

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  • Alexander Rufus
  • 24-05-20

My favourite Holmes & Watson captured in audio

My favourite Holmes & Watson captured in audio format. Perfectly balanced character portrayals (yes, I know, that's not how Conan Doyle wrote them) bringing back some wonderful memories of old black and white films on after Christmas and New Year, fifty years ago. The book is free - what have you got to lose?

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-05-20

old classics such a joy

classic crime at its best 2 great actors and two great roles of the day

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  • RFJ
  • 05-05-20

Elementary

Another podcast about classic Hollywood. Honestly loved these. well told and a fascinating insight to how Mr Holmes and Dr Watson were used to lift morale during the 40's

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  • ed
  • 15-08-19

An excellent listen

Very enjoyable and informative.Will delight anyone who looks upon Rathbone as the definitive Sherlock Holmes

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  • Connie Ricci
  • 04-07-19

Exciting

I have only just discovered Adam Roche and his titles (I have them all) I am completely captivated by his delivery and the quality and passion, which is evident by the quality of his narration. He comes across as devoted to his subject and the content detail to all the stories is fantastic. More titles please, I could listen to you all day long.

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  • Jo Murray
  • 07-05-19

interesting

Definitely different. I did enjoy it. I thought it was very interesting. Could listen to it again.

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  • Highlander
  • 20-02-21

Lovely Story of an Iconic Character

The narrator has done a brilliant job again on a very nice story of a very loved character that is still loved by new generations.

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  • Mr. A. G. Creasey
  • 29-09-20

A Golden age

These are really enjoyable, will be downloading the rest of the series as they bring you on the journey. The only way these could be any better is if they were a TV series.

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  • Caron Chester
  • 26-11-20

Great for Sherlock fans!

I enjoyed this as not only am I a Sherlock fan, but I love Basil Rathbone's Sherlock.
Great insight into the friendship between Nigel Bruce and Basil, and their rise to fame (and so much more).

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  • Shaun The CHB
  • 18-03-20

The story of the true Sherlock Holmes.

This is a fascinating podcast and more than worthy of listening. If you love classic films and/or are a Sherlock Holmes fan, this is essential. Rathbone and Bruce will forever be remembered as the classic Holmes and Watson, but they were also the true Holmes and Watson. Two amazing actors who did justice to the characters. Loved the sound clips from the movies and the various facts about the productions. Younger generations could learn a lot about movie making from these programs.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-02-20

Compelling

Another great episode in Adam Roche's superb series "The Secret History Of Hollywood" keep them coming.