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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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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.


juan marco - 05:05pm Aug 17, 1999 PST(#80 of 128)

i've been reading/re-reading the great nero wolfe stories since the 1950's. they never cease to please, and on every level.. so call me a "died"-in-the-wool nero & archie fan.. i would like to know why goldsboro stopped writing the "new" authorized nero wolfe series...did he die, or did his version just not make it?

Marsha Francis - 10:05pm Sep 24, 1999 PST(#81 of 128)

Missy, I think you're right about the slight accent, but I doubt it would be English. After all, we found out in The Black Mountain that Wolfe was from Montenegro - and I sometimes wonder what Mr. S. would have thought about what's happened there in recent times...

Matthew S - 04:32pm Oct 24, 1999 PST(#82 of 128)

I don't think Stout would be too impressed with Montenegro - then or now. I think as early as OVER MY DEAD BODY he predicted that the problems of that part of the world could never be solved by the U.S. It's still good advise today.

As to the possible TV movie, I'm wondering who will portray Fritz? Or Cramer? And didn't they try a Wolfe TV series once with William Conrad (TV's CANNON) as Wolfe? As to which book to do first, I wouldn't start with THE GOLDEN SPIKDERS; I'd start with PLOT IT YOURSELF or MURDER BY THE BOOK. Just my humble opinion.

Mark Younger - 10:24pm Oct 24, 1999 PST(#83 of 128)

I was wondering which decade you would prefer to see any Nero Wolfe movies set it. Wolfe wrote in, and set his stories in at least four decades. Would you want to see The Golden Spiders set in the 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's or perhaps the present. If I had to pick my preference, it would be the late 40's or early 50's. It seems to me that Wolfe and Archie fit better in this era. I hope A&E dosn't pick the present just to save money.

Matthew Schoonover - 04:26pm Oct 26, 1999 PST(#84 of 128)

I agree with you Mark. I think 40's and 50's would be a good era. The question is whether the TV movie will be for a series or just a movie. If a movie they can do that, but if it's for a TV series, then they may not, as that would be too expensive, what with antique cars and clothes and whatnot.

Has anyone else heard anything about it?

Benita Morris - 02:38pm Oct 28, 1999 PST(#85 of 128)

I've heard nothing about a movie, but I would hope that if they do one, they come closer to the book characters than they did in the tv series. The actor playing Inspector Cramer in no way came close to Stout's characterization. William Conrad physically resembled him and wasn't too bad but Lee Horsley was a little off for Archie and I can't put my finger on exactly why. I did tape the series when they ran it on TV Land, just to have them for my collection, but I would hope they would do better if they do another series.

susan witt - 05:44pm Oct 29, 1999 PST(#86 of 128)

The television audience lost a golden opportunity a few years back. Orson Welles would have been an ideal Nero Wolfe. Archie should have some Runyonesque flair; I agree with Benita, Lee Horsley was too slick.

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