|[Evening Star, Washington, October 31, 1931]|
Richard Gordon was 48 years old in 1930, the year he began to play Sherlock Holmes on radio, with another established stage actor, Leigh Lovell, as his Watson. Apart from this celebrated radio series and a screen appearance in "The Radio Murder Mystery" (1933) as 'Sherlock Holmes of the Air', it is not generally known that Gordon played the Great Detective more than once on stage.
"THE MAZARIN STONE" - 21 JULY, 1933.
|[Evening Star, Washington, 20 July, 1933]|
Loew's Fox Theatre, Washington, opened in 1927 and was renamed Loew's Capitol Theatre in 1936. On Friday, 21 July, 1933, audiences were offered both screen and live stage in a joint programme. Helen Twelvetrees 'Disgraced' herself with Bruce Cabot in the film. On stage, as part of the live entertainment, Richard Gordon appeared as Holmes with Lovell as Watson in "The Mazarin Stone". Washington's Evening Star described the performance:
The event had been heralded on the 19th in the same newspaper with a superb sketch of Gordon as Holmes by Newman Sudduth:
Unfortunately, this newspaper did not run to a photograph, but here is Richard Gordon just two months later, playing Frederick Ossian in "The Butterflies" for Poli's Own Stock company at the Bijou: