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Deerstalker hat and Sherlock Holmes curved smoking pipe, a classic character creation of Holmes by Conan Doyle.          

Created by :  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle(1859-1930)created probably the greatest fictional detective in history, and one that has converted well to the medium of radio. To this day, someone is employed to answer letters still sent to Sherlock Holmes at 221B Baker Street - a truly great testament to the creative genius of Conan Doyle.     
                                                Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.     

First Appeared in print : 1886 in A Study in Scarlet. Snippets of the Holmes character had appeared earlier in the Strand magazine.

First radio appearance : Probably 1953, played by Carleton Hobbs, with Norman Shelley as Dr Watson. Hobbs's smooth tones were perfect for the English sleuth.

Carlton HobbsCarlton Hobbs was Holmes on the radio in the 1960s.

Michael Williams Clive Merrison Michael Williams and Clive Merrison played Watson and Holmes for BBC Radio 4 in the 1990s.

The part has also been played on radio by John Stanley, in the late 1940s, for an
American radio network, featuring lots of commercials, and before a live audience. Dr Watson was played by Alfred Shirley. But, essentially, both of these actors were

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Listen to John Stanley as Sherlock Holmes in 1940s American radio transmissions before a live audience:

New Years Eve off the Scilly Isles.mp3

The Bleeding Chandlier.mp3