A play in three acts by Ouida Rathbone, based on the original stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Opened at the New Century Theatre, New York, October 30, 1953, and closed on October 31, 1953, after only three performances. Staged by Reginald Denham.
Cast of characters
Trivia: Terry Kilburn played Billy in "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes."
"Like old soldiers, Conan Doyle's hero never really dies, though his return in this instance was providentially brief. It described in terms that alternated between seriousness and spoof how he protected England and the delicate balance of European power by recovering the Bruce-Partington submarine plans after they had been stolen from a distraught government employee by an international agent and had found their way (naturally) into the hands of Professor Moriarty. Ouida Rathbone's prolix script, which incorporated sections of several of the original stories, took Holmes from his Baker Street diggings to Moriarty's chalet where the adversaries staged their famous struggle on the brink of the Reichenbach Falls and where Holmes made his return in a disguise that fooled all but the wily professor and adult members of the audience.
Handsomely mounted, although too intricately staged, the production had the benefit of such performers as the master himself (and husband of the playwright), Basil Rathbone; Jarmila Novotna, who was a hansome Irene Adler and Thomas Gomez as the master criminal.
As all the critics remarked, it would have been nice to have had Holmes back
under more fortunate circumstances; and as one of them pointed out, it would
have been even more fortunate had it been possible to revive Doyle to do the