3 user 1 critic

The League of Frightened Men (1937)

Approved | | Mystery | 25 May 1937 (USA)


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Herbert J. Biberman
Stars: Edward Arnold, Lionel Stander, Dennie Moore
Nero Wolfe (TV Movie 1979)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A wealthy realtor sends out dozens of copies of a book that paints the FBI in an unfavorable light. They harass her. So she turns to Nero Wolfe to get them off her back.

Director: Frank D. Gilroy
Stars: Thayer David, Tom Mason, Brooke Adams
5th Ave Girl (1939)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Feeling unwanted by his wife and children, a wealthy industrialist hires an unemployed young woman to pose as his mistress.

Director: Gregory La Cava
Stars: Ginger Rogers, Walter Connolly, Verree Teasdale
A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2000–2002)
Action | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Genius detective Nero Wolfe and his right-hand man, Archie Goodwin, solve seemingly impossible crimes.

Stars: Timothy Hutton, Maury Chaykin, Colin Fox
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A gangster tries to make Apple Annie, the Times Square apple seller, a lady for a day.

Director: Frank Capra
Stars: Warren William, May Robson, Guy Kibbee
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Edward Sedgwick
Stars: Walter Connolly, Paul Lukas, Gertrude Michael
First Lady (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

As presidential election time approaches in Washington it is the women behind the scenes who seem to be making the decisions.

Director: Stanley Logan
Stars: Kay Francis, Preston Foster, Anita Louise
Biography | Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Andrew L. Stone
Stars: Allan Jones, Mary Martin, Walter Connolly
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Broadway's most successful producer, John Forrester, is deeply in love with his wife Margaret and dreams of the future when his son Jack will step into his shoes. He sails to England to ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Lang
Stars: Walter Connolly, Robert Young, Doris Kenyon
Broadway Bill (1934)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A runaway heiress and her sister's husband join forces to race the latter's fast horse, Broadway Bill.

Director: Frank Capra
Stars: Warner Baxter, Myrna Loy, Walter Connolly
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Button Gwinett Brown is a freshman congressman on a mission to rid Washington of corruption. He quickly runs afoul of the powerful Senator Norton, while falling for the granddaughter of the... See full summary »

Director: James Cruze
Stars: Lee Tracy, Constance Cummings, Walter Connolly
Bridal Suite (1939)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

An American playboy dumps his greedy finace and ends up marrying a woman from the alps.

Director: Wilhelm Thiele
Stars: Annabella, Robert Young, Walter Connolly


Cast overview, first billed only:
Nero Wolfe
Archie Goodwin
Paul Chapin
Evelyn Hibbard
Victor Kilian ...
Pitney Scott
Agnes Burton
Joseph Allen ...
Mark Chapin (as Allen Brook)
Walter Kingsford ...
Ferdinand Bowen
Prof. Hibbard
Kenneth Hunter ...
Dr. Burton
Charles Irwin ...
Augustus Farrell
Dora Chapin
Edward McNamara ...
Inspector Cramer
Michael Ayers
Nicholas Cabot (as Ien Wulf)


Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis


NERO WOLFE CAN GET AWAY WITH MURDER - AND MAKE YOU LIKE IT! (original lobby card-all caps) See more »




Approved | See all certifications »




Release Date:

25 May 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Liga dos Ameaçados  »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Follows Meet Nero Wolfe (1936) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Film quality is poor, and the mystery only so-so.
25 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

First things first: available DVDs of this film do not have great picture quality. This is one of the Paramount films of the '30's now owned by another studio with no interest on issuing a "restored" version. So you can only get copies of films recorded on TV years ago. So you have to put up with all the flaws that such copies upon copies have.

Previous reviewers of this film have rightly pointed out the differences between the screen portrayal of "Nero Wolfe" and the depiction presented by Rex Stout in his many novels and short stories. Some might remember that the Saturday Evening Post used to publish some of the later Stout stories and provide illustrations of the detective which fed readers' imaginations. All portrayed a very large man, said in an early novel to be 1/6 of a ton and in later novels to be 1/7 of a ton. In any case like an NFL lineman today. Well, the actors who portrayed Wolfe on the screen all fell far short of the scale, and none conveyed the seriousness, dignity, and gravitas of Stout's conception. Wolfe was not a mirthful man given to jovial humor and feigned laughter. So Walter Connolly as Wolfe with his always cocked sideways head and chuckles does not meet the physical criteria.

Anyway, some reviewer mistakes a big fact about this movie: the league of men did make compensation to their injured classmate, paying his way through Harvard and providing a stipend afterwards. It's all there in the unrolling of the movie. Archie even castigates the accused for being "ungrateful."

There are two comments that have to be made from a motion picture perspective. 1. Stander, who would go on after his career blackball, played a much more sympathetic role as helper and associate to Macmillan and Wife. Here he is abrasive, small minded, and annoying -- totally unlike the smoother Lee Horsley and Timothy Sutton who would play "Archie" in later TV versions of Nero Wolfe. 2. Ciannelli was a very intense actor whose presence on the screen always compelled attention even in the minor but title role as villain in a Republic serial "The Mysterious Dr. Satan." Watch him as the riveting leader of the Thug rebels in "Gunga Din" (the Cary Grant movie) for one of his memorable roles.

Huge plot holes can be found, including the mystery of the box left in a bookstore, how a murder could be committed in a lights out room where the murderer grabbed a gun from the victim and shot him while knocking down a third person who inadvertently entered (err, wasn't there light from the hallway?), and exactly how did Wolfe solve the puzzle, other than guesswork, and why the crazy hoax was devised in the way it was since there was no foreseeable conclusion to it. Why hoax given the deaths that had taken place?

As a previous reviewer said, this movie is for those who want completeness in their search for dramatic portrayals of Nero Wolfe, but good luck in trying to track down English versions of the various Russian and Italian films which IMDb identifies.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

How to Wield a Lightsaber

Legendary sword choreographer Tim Weske teaches our "IMDb Show" Jedis the basics of lightsaber combat. Plus, we break down the origins of some iconic Star Wars creatures.

Watch now