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Meet Nero Wolfe (1936)

 |  Mystery  |  17 July 1936 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennie Moore ...
Mazie Gray
Claude Roberts
Nana Bryant ...
Sarah Barstow
Joan Perry ...
Ellen Barstow
Russell Hardie ...
Manuel Kimball
Walter Kingsford ...
Emanuel Jeremiah (E.J.) Kimball
Boyd Irwin ...
Prof. Edgar Barstow
Gene Morgan ...
Det. Lt. O'Grady
Maria Maringola (as Rita Cansino)
Frank Conroy ...
Dr. Nathaniel Bradford
Juan Torena ...
Carlo Maringola
Martha Tibbetts ...
The Apartment House Maid


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Release Date:

17 July 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Astúcia de Nero Wolf  »

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1.37 : 1
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This was the first film Rita Hayworth made for Columbia Pictures Corporation. See more »


Referenced in M*A*S*H: Your Retention Please (1981) See more »

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In the true spirit of Rex Stout.
16 April 2000 | by (Newbury Park,CA,United States) – See all my reviews

A great who-done-it mystery film told with the true spirit of author Rex Stout's genius detective Nero Wolfe.Perfect in size,girth,and bellicosity Edward Arnold portrays the heavyset armchair private investigator as fans of the novels would expect.His man of all tasks,Archie Goodwin(played here for laughs),is portrayed by gravel-voiced character favorite Lionel Stander. Adapted from the first Nero Wolfe novel'Fer De Lance',the mystery in the film begins with a strange death at a golf course which was actually murder.It is a very young Rita Hayworth who hires Nero Wolfe to solve the crime before the police prosecute a loved-one for the murder.The story moves quickly with marvelous red-herrings,interesting clues,murder attempts,and plenty of suspects to choose from(Victor Jory,Walter Kingsford,Frank Conroy). All of the elements from the novels are included :the brownstone mansion,the huge library and red-leather chair,the orchid room upstairs,the endless beer supply,and Wolfe's personal chef played by John Qualen.Columbia pictures had a winner here and there were hopes of a series but,because of Edward Arnold's commitments elsewhere he bowed out after this entry.There was one more Nero Wolfe film following the success of this one.It was 'The League of Frightened Men'(1937),and starred Walter Connolly as Wolfe and Stander returning as Archie Goodwin.

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