Friday, February 5, 2010

Friday's Favorite OTR

Sherlock Holmes: "The Fifth of November" 11/5/45

This one is a fun little mystery. It's Guy Fawkes Day in England, a celebration of the foiling of the 1605 Gunpowder Plot, in which Fawkes and some co-conspirators tried to blow up James I (James Stuart) and the entire British Parliament.

When a man named James Stuart shows up at Baker Street and tells Holmes that his cousin, named Guy Falkenberg, wants to kill him, it's hard to tell if he's just nuts. Or maybe his cousin is nuts and Stuart really is in danger.

Holmes (played in this episode by Basil Rathbone) gets to don a disguise, use a working-class accent and employ the Baker Street Irregulars before he gets to the bottom of it all. There actually is a murder plot afoot, but the identity of both the perspective killer and the intended victim involve a very nice twist.

And, by the way, Nigel Bruce as Watson is in particularly fine form as narrator in this episode.

You can listen to the episode or download it HERE.

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