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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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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.

Mark Younger - 10:52am Oct 30, 1999 PST(#87 of 128)

I found a reference somewhere on the Internet that the filming of "The Golden Spiders" rapped up late August in Toronto. Tim Hutton played Archie, but there was no mention of any of the rest of the cast.

Matthew Schoonover - 11:00am Oct 30, 1999 PST(#88 of 128)

For those of you who haunt this site, a question. I am a writer of dark thrillers - my Arbiter series will be coming out soon from QUICKSTORIES.COM (cops and robbers with vampires and warlocks) - but have been reading Stout's Wolfe almost exclussively for the last year or so. I'm thinking I can write a Wolfe story - I have a pretty good plot in mind and think I could do fair-to-midling with the characters. My question: Is there anyplace I could go to showcase the story - e-zine, magazine or contest - where other Wolfe fans could read it?

Matthew Schoonover - 07:55pm Nov 6, 1999 PST(#89 of 128)

Another update on the Nero Wolfe movie. Found out who is playing Wolfe: Maury Chaykin. Anybody know what he's played in before?

Missy Sweesy - 11:12pm Nov 6, 1999 PST(#90 of 128)
Life has a way of finding you, no matter how artistic a sneak you are.---Keeper proverb---Thief: The Dark Project.

I found Maury Chaykin, go to and put him in on their search. He's been in several things, but I can't place him right off. Golden Spiders is the new movie, and Timothy Hutton will be in it as far as the IMDB has it. Timothy is Jim Hutton's son, and Jim was the Ellery Queen on that series in 1975.

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