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Nero Wolfe
We're curious if any other mystery buffs are addicted to Rex Stout. Is Wolfe truly an olympus of detection - compared with say, Poirot or Maigret?

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Paul W. - 06:48pm Mar 7, 2000 PST(#100 of 128)

From what I've read here and elsewhere, A & E has spent considerable money on the sets with an eye to doing more TV-movies. With any luck (and good ratings), we'll get the peephole, the kitchen, the back entrance leading to (I think) 34th St., and maybe even the kidding between Fritz and Archie.

I think they captured the spirit of the series, which was the important thing. Something about the way Tim Hutton walked, the way he rapped the listing of the Refugee office on the building directory, the look on his face which said he didn't take Wolfe's tantrums seriously -- that was the right spirit.

Paul W.

Matthew Kreps - 09:03am Mar 13, 2000 PST(#101 of 128)

I, too, watched "The Golden Spiders" TV movie on A&E, but not with any great hope that it would capture the spirit of Wolfe's characters and setting. After the William Conrad-Lee Horsley abominations (where Wolfe actually set Archie up with one of the female costars), I don't have a high opinion of television's ability to adapt anything.

So when I saw "Spiders," I was pleasantly surprised to see how closely the movie hewed to the original story. Timothy Hutton caught Archie's cockiness perfectly, and Saul Rubinek did a nice job as Saul Panzer. Fred and Fritz also were close to the mark.

But the other regulars weren't cast well: Maury Chaykin bellowed too loudly and too often to be Wolfe. if Bill Smitrovich (Cramer) is Irish, I'll eat my shamrock, Purley was too old, and Orrie wasn't handsome and vain enough. And where was Theodore? Visiting his sister?

And that brownstone -- wasn't that the Vanderbilt townhouse on Park Avenue? Wolfe would have to have the cleaning crew in there every day, not just once a week. But then name one TV show that accurately portrays the housing that its characters can really afford. (OK, Roseanne. But that's it.)

If A&E makes more Wolfe movies, could we please have one with Lily Rowan in it? And could we get Sela Ward to play her?

My very longwinded two cents' worth.

psibill - 10:38am Apr 4, 2000 PST(#102 of 128)
Bill Johnson

Total fan of Nero Wolfe. He should certainly be listed among the Greats here.

Regarding TGS by A&E the comments are favorable throughout Wolfe land, boards everywhere, including A&E's, Wolfe World, Onelist NeroWolfe Group, Yahoo Nero Wolfe Club.

A few quibbles noticed by many (front door and beer in glass most common). Most liked all the casting except Orrie.

Hey visit us at "NERO WOLFE CLUB" on Yahoo. We have regular chats in the "conference room" including audio if you have a mike. Lotsa pictures, including some from the 1960's Italian Nero Wolfe productions, recipes, active message board,links, etc.

Promoting all things Wolfian,

Bill (psibill many places)

Deborah Taylor - 10:24am Oct 18, 2000 PST(#103 of 128)
What I do today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it. (F. W. Simerson)

I just found this discussion about Nero Wolfe and really enjoyed reading all the comments. I noticed the last mesage was from April 4. Has everyone's interest died out just as I found you?!!!!!

Tim Johnson - 04:59pm Mar 3, 2001 PST(#104 of 128)

almost five months and no Wolfe here? Pfui! A&E due for another production this month? What was the lapse with Robert Goldsborough? Did he only contract for a certain number of books? Any further published adventures on the horizon? Thanks.

Tim Johnson - 12:35pm Mar 4, 2001 PST(#105 of 128)

Having read ubiquitous reveiws of Her Forbidden Knight---is it actually a WOLFE novel or not? Thanks

Saundra Kane - 03:07pm Apr 2, 2001 PST(#106 of 128)

I have read every Nero Wolfe book that was ever published in the last 15 years. I am not sure I have all 46 of them. I hated drawing near to the end of the list. They were a constant for me for several years of my life.

Tim Johnson - 03:37pm Apr 3, 2001 PST(#107 of 128)

Sandra Kane, suggest website called MERELY A GENIUS for complete Wolfe listing.

Saundra Kane - 09:35am Apr 4, 2001 PST(#108 of 128)

Thank you Tim for that website. I went immediately and printed out all the names of Nero Wolfe novels and stories on the chance that there is still something I have not read. It also has information about Nero on TV. I have not seen anything since the series that was out for perhaps a year or two in the early 80's.

Tim Johnson - 06:33pm Apr 4, 2001 PST(#109 of 128)

Sandra, glad to help. There are also a couple of good reference works, one by William Baring-Gould and one by Ken Darby if that's of interest. If you hear of anything by Robert Goldsborough, or anyone for that matter (new novel-wise), please post and inform. Thanks

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