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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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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.


Mark Younger - 08:22pm Aug 5, 1999 PST(#77 of 128)

Some of Rex Stouts books mention that he developed some sort of accounting system that was widely used in schools, I believe. He supposedly made quite a bit of money from it. I have a vague memory that Stout served at some time on the U.S. presidential yacht. Is my memory correct. On the Archie "actor" front, if you were allowed to consider deceased people, I think Gene Kelly might have been a good Archie. Archie does like to dance, and Kelly could pull off the physical aspects of Archie.

David Matthews - 10:27pm Aug 6, 1999 PST(#78 of 128)

Answer to John G. question: "Is it true that Rex Stout was wealthy before he created Nero Wolfe and Archie? How did he make his money?"

Mark Younger.

Yes, while in the navy Rex Stout served as a yoeman on Theodore Roosevelt's yacht. He was an amazing person. By the time he was four years old he had read the Bible twice and had read over a thousand classics before he was ten. He was a State spelling champion at the age of thirteen. He invented a school banking system and helped install it 400 cities, an enterprise that lasted ten years and made him a fortune. At one time he lived in a house that he had not only designed and built himself but had hand- made every piece of furniture in it.

Missy Sweesy - 09:12am Aug 14, 1999 PST(#79 of 128)
Life has a way of finding you, no matter how artistic a sneak you are.---Keeper proverb---Thief: The Dark Project.

I have an interesting idea for Wolfe on Tv. How about John Rhys-Davies? He's the heavy set guy in Sliders, and has been in many other things. He's british, and I've always pictured Wolfe with some kind of accent, albeit slight, and is heavy. He's got a look about him that I think would work.


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