The Case Of The Demon Barber (Aired January 28, 1946)
His earliest cases, which he pursued as an amateur, came from fellow university students. According to Holmes, it was an encounter with the father of one of his classmates that led him to take up detection as a profession and he spent the six years following university working as a consulting detective, before financial difficulties led him to take Watson as a roommate, at which point the narrative of the stories begins. From 1881, Holmes is described as having lodgings at 221B Baker Street, London, from where he runs his private detective agency. 221B is an apartment up seventeen steps, stated in an early manuscript to be at the "upper end" of the road. Until the arrival of Dr. Watson, Holmes works alone, only occasionally employing agents from the city's underclass, including a host of informants and a group of street children he calls the Baker Street Irregulars. The Irregulars appear in three stories, "The Sign of the Four", "A Study in Scarlet" and "The Adventure of the Crooked Man".
January 28, 1946. Mutual network. "The Case Of Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber"
. Sponsored by: Petri Wines. Holmes and Watson try to keep an actor who is portraying a fiendish killer, from being driven crazy. Holmes fails when the actor is found with his throat slit, just as Sweeney Todd would have done it! Holmes almost makes a very serious mistake. The story is based on, "The Yellow Face." Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Harry Bartell (announcer), Denis Green (writer), Anthony Boucher (wrtier), Dean Fosler (music), Arthur Conan Doyle (author), Edna Best (producer). 31:27. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.