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Word Detective (Basil Rathbone)

Featuring everyone's favorite old time radio Sherlock Holmes, Basil Rathbone, in a comedic and educational program.

5 old time radio show recordings
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"Tangerine"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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Underwood TypewriterIf there was ever an actor who should have been taken more seriously than he was, it was Basil Rathbone.

Basil RathboneDuring the early years of Rathbone's movie career, he seemed doomed to remain in supporting roles, never quite getting the headline roles. Rathbone was an athlete, and listed fencing as one of his favorite pass times. However, because of the way he was cast, he only won one sword fight on the screen. His most common foe was none other than Errol Flynn, the king of the Swashbucklers. Unfortunately, in real life Flynn could barely tell the difference between a sword and a butter knife. Rathbone found filming the sword fights frightening, fearing that he would do serious damage to Flynn.

When Rathbone did get a starring role, he played it so well that he became stuck with it nearly to the point of type casting. To this day, when people think of Sherlock Holmes, the image in their minds is likely to be based on Rathbone's portrayal in fourteen feature films. As if that were not enough, Rathbone also played the Victorian detective for many years on the radio. Indeed, Rathbone was associated with the Holmes role for the rest of his career but took it with generally good humor.

A great example of that humor is educational program Word Detective. Word Detective is not so much a radio program as it is an extended commercial for Underwood Typewriters. In each of the three minute snippets, Mr. Rathbone relates the story of a familiar word or expression, explaining how the figure of speech is part of everyday conversation, where the word came from, and finally typing the word on his Underwood typewriter before revealing the word to the radio audience.

For other short programs, see also Five Minute Mysteries, Strange Adventure, Incredible But True, Ripley's One Minute Shorts, and Ellery Queen Minute Mysteries.

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    5 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 0 hours, 14 min
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      5 shows - total playtime 0 hours 14 minutes
      1. Word Detective-Basil Rathbone - Melba Toast.mp3
      2. Word Detective-Basil Rathbone - Stoic.mp3
      3. Word Detective-Basil Rathbone - Tangerine.mp3
      4. Word Detective-Basil Rathbone - The Saxophone.mp3
      5. Word Detective-Basil Rathbone - To Get One's Goat.mp3
  • MP3 downloads are available instantly after purchase!



    5 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 0 hours, 14 min
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      5 shows - total playtime 0 hours 14 minutes
      1. Word Detective-Basil Rathbone - Melba Toast.mp3
      2. Word Detective-Basil Rathbone - Stoic.mp3
      3. Word Detective-Basil Rathbone - Tangerine.mp3
      4. Word Detective-Basil Rathbone - The Saxophone.mp3
      5. Word Detective-Basil Rathbone - To Get One's Goat.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    5 recordings on 1 Audio CD
    total playtime 0 hours, 14 min

    Disc A001

    1. Word Detective-Basil Rathbone - Melba Toast
    2. Word Detective-Basil Rathbone - Stoic
    3. Word Detective-Basil Rathbone - Tangerine
    4. Word Detective-Basil Rathbone - The Saxophone
    5. Word Detective-Basil Rathbone - To Get One's Goat

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