NEWSLETTER | VOL. 25, May 2023
Welcome to this month’s edition of The Hollywood 360 Newsletter, your place to get all the news on upcoming shows, schedule and interesting facts from your H360 team!
by Carl Amari
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective genius, Sherlock Holmes, came to NBC radio in 1930 starring Richard Gordon. By 1939, Basil Rathbone was heard as Holmes with Nigel Bruce as Doctor Watson. The duo was simultaneously starring in a popular series of Sherlock Holmes features for Fox, and later for Universal.
By the end of the feature run in the mid 1940’s, Rathbone was eager to separate himself from the radio show to avoid being typecast, and even though the show’s sponsor (Petri Wines) offered him generous pay to continue, he decided to move on. Tom Conway took over with Nigel Bruce continuing as Watson (in this paring Nigel Bruce received top billing). Tom Conway and Nigel Bruce were replaced in 1947 by John Stanley and Alfred Shirley.
Others to portray Holmes and Watson over the radio run were George Shelton and Ian Martin and Ben Wright and Eric Snowden. In 1955, NBC signed heavyweights Sir John Gielgud and Sir Ralph Richardson to star as Holmes and Watson, but with radio fast giving way to television, it only lasted one season.
LEND ME YOUR EARS | THIS MONTH’S SONG: ANGIE, The Rolling Stones
by Lisa Wolf
“While I was in the clinic, Anita was down the road having our daughter, Angela… Once I came out of the usual trauma, I had a guitar with me and I wrote ‘Angie’ in an afternoon, sitting in bed because I could finally move my fingers and put them in the right place again… The name of the song came out of nowhere. I just went, ‘Angie, Angie.” ~ Keith Richards
The 1973 acoustic-guitar ballad “Angie” written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, climbed to the top of the charts when it was released on their album, Goats Head Soup. Keith Richards wrote this song in Switzerland after the ‘Exile on Main St.’ album had been approved by the record company, but before it was released. Angieis The Rolling Stones’ only ballad to hit #1 in the United States. Part of the appeal of the song was the mystery question… who was Angie? There are various theories that attempt to answer that question.
Many believe that the song Angie is dedicated to the first wife of David Bowie, whose name is Angela, or Keith Richards’ newborn daughter, Dandelion Angela. Others suggest Angie refers to actress Angie Dickinson or even designer Andy Warhol. On the other hand, in English slang, the word “angie” refers to various hard drugs. In his autobiography, Keith wrote that what he meant was to say goodbye to heroin. As there is no definitive answer, you can decide who or what the song Angie is about.
“All the dreams we held so close seemed to all go up in smoke.”
Hollywood 360 Schedule
THE NEW ADV. OF SHERLOCK HOLMES 10/19/46 The Adv. of the Black Angus
ESCAPE 2/1/48 The Vanishing Lady
RED RYDER 3/14/42 Trouble in Frying Pan Valley
FIBBER McGEE & MOLLY 10/14/41 Acting Fire Commissioner McGee
THE NEW ADV. OF NERO WOLFE 11/3/50 The Case of the Dead Dead Lady
BOSTON BLACKIE 6/30/44 Fifty Hunter Street
GUNSMOKE 2/21/53 Meshougah
MICHAEL SHAYNE, DETECTIVE 6/11/45 Mary Noble Case
THE SEALED BOOK 4/29/45 The Accusing Corpse
THE CHARLIE McCARTHY SHOW 3/1/53 w/ guest, Robert Cummings
THE ABBOTT & COSTELLO SHOW 10/3/46 Costello is Incorrigible
NICK CARTER, MASTER DETECTIVE 5/6/45 The Vanishing Lady
THE BING CROSBY SHOW 1/8/53 w/ guests, Rosemary Clooney and Joe Venuti
FRONTIER GENTLEMAN 7/27/58 Mighty Tired
PAT NOVAK, FOR HIRE 6/11/49 Georgie Lampson
DRAGNET 9/6/51 The Big 17
THE GREAT GILDERSLEEVE 12/3/52 The Birthday Duck Dinner
THE CAVALCADE OF AMERICA 1/14/46 Venture in Silk Hat
DANGEROUS ASSIGNMENT 5/3/50 Paris – Missing Diplomat
THE HALL OF FANTASY 1/26/53 The Black Figurine of Death
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