Tuesday, May 26, 2015
5/26/1953 The Black Baronet gets suspenseful
Arthur Conan Doyle's son Adrian had decided to expand the family empire by co-writing a set of new Holmes stories with the great American mystery writer John Dickson Carr. Each took its starting point from some case mentioned in passing in the Canon, as Holmes fans call the original tales. The stories were published under the name The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes, which causes me to raise an eyebrow. Did they know that one meaning of "exploit" is to use selfishly for one's own advantage?
Nigel Bruce was not part of this particular adventure, having passed away two years earlier. Instead the faithful Dr. Watson was played by Martyn Green, who is considered by many Savoyards to be to Gilbert and Sullivan what Rathbone was to Holmes: he was the greatest performer of the principal comedian parts in the light operas.
No copies of the show are known to survive, which is particularly unfortunate because it was apparently Rathbone's last filmed performance as the Master.