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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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MARGOT SHAFFER - 06:33am May 19, 1999 PST(#67 of 128)

Does anyone know whether the Nero Wolfe mysteries that were on TV years ago are available for VCRs?

T MCMANUS - 06:06pm May 20, 1999 PST(#68 of 128)

I was just reading the older messages and see that the cookbook was discussed quite awhile ago. i used to belong to a cooking club and we used the book for the theme-everyone had to make a recipe from the book. With some (actually many) adjustments to the recipes-hard to find all the ingredients- it was fun. Someone asked about other authors with food as part of the story. Lawrence Sander's McNally books are filled with them and, in fact, his Archie McNally reminds me of Wolfes Archie and the relationship between McNally and his father is not unlike Archie and Wolfe.

Who played the part of Archie on the TV show? I only saw it once and hadnt as yet read any of the books so cant compare.

I have since named a cat Nero. Everyone thinks hes named after the emperor, but, of course, it's our favorite detective. The cat has certainly grown into the part, both physically and in attitude.

Bill Kochuk - 08:17pm May 26, 1999 PST(#69 of 128)

Anyone have a summary list of the Wolfe novels with a synopsis of each story? I'd like one to see what I've read and what I have yet to read.

Jim Parhamovich - 06:57am May 28, 1999 PST(#70 of 128)

Unless I'm mistaken, I believe Lee Horsley(sp) played Archie on the short lived tv series.

With all the stuff happening in Yugoslavia, I've started reading the Black Mountain again. This makes for interesting reading.

Pearl Z - 03:35pm May 29, 1999 PST(#71 of 128)

I started reading Nero Wolfe right after seeing the series being run on TVLand again. I had to hunt through all the 2nd hand book stores to find them but once you get started on them they are addicting. And yes, Lee Horsley played Archie on the series.

Mark Younger - 06:13pm Jul 23, 1999 PST(#72 of 128)

I caught a portion of a report saying the A&E cable network (they did a fine job the Horatio Hornblower shows recently) is going to do a version of the Golden Spiders. Timothy Hutton is playing Archie, and I didn't catch who plays Wolfe. I don't think Hutton would be my close to my first choice as Archie, and the Golden Spiders would be my first choice as the book adapted to film. I think I would vote for the fellow who played the cop who ended up with Kim Bassinger in Hollywood Confidential as Archie, can't think of his name, and maybe the League of Frightened men or Fer-de-lance as the book to adapt. Any other thoughts?

Frank Nusbickel - 02:24pm Jul 27, 1999 PST(#73 of 128)
An enigma wrapped in a burnoose dancing the funky Alphonso in red & green sneakers

I think I can see Hutton as Archie. He looks different now he's older (like the rest of us). But who is to play the boss? Do we have any fat actors with sufficient presence?

Mark Younger - 08:11pm Jul 30, 1999 PST(#74 of 128)

Well, if money was no object, Marlon Brando could play Wolfe. But since this is cable, money is an object. Someone who could play the role, with some additional padding might be David Ogden Stiers, Winchester from M.A.S.H., the man is a master of dialects and voices. He does great work on audio-books. If you have ever seen the game-show "Inquizition" on the Game Show network, the fellow who is the Inquisitor has the, in my opinion, perfect voice and attitude for Wolfe. He's at least 100# to light for the role and never shows his face on the game show, but he has a great voice. As for Hutton, he just strikes me as "too sensitive" to play Archie. Maybe because he seems to play a lot of characters on the verge of an emotional breakdown. Archie needs a combination of a more lighthearted touch and a physical presence. Tom Selleck could have done it 15 years ago.

John Grippi - 06:09pm Aug 5, 1999 PST(#75 of 128)

Is it true that Rex Stout was wealthy before he created Nero Wolfe and Archie? How did he make his $$$?

Missy Sweesy - 06:35pm Aug 5, 1999 PST(#76 of 128)
Life has a way of finding you, no matter how artistic a sneak you are.---Keeper proverb---Thief: The Dark Project.

Speaking of this TV discussion, and this is purely fantastical, due to both people I have in mind being dead, but Sidney Greenstreet and Humphrey Bogart would have made an excellent Wolfe and Archie, respectively.


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