A beautiful heiress attempts to seek refuge in Nero Wolfe's house without revealing her identity or reasons for hiding. When she is turned away and found murdered shortly thereafter, Archie Goodwin takes off on his own to find the killer.

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An anonymous young woman approaches Archie with the proposition that she be allowed to spend a week at the Wolfe complex incommunicado, and she is willing to pay well for the privilege. Taken by her beauty, the chivalrous Goodwin agrees to argue her case with Nero, who is characteristically angered to find a female tenant under his roof. The next morning, lawyer Perry Helmar tries to hire Wolfe to locate his missing ward, Priscilla Eads, who stands to inherit her father's factory and considerable fortune when she turns 25 in a week. Archie recognizes her picture as his young guest, but neither man reveals the truth to her guardian. When the young heiress cannot agree to terms with Wolfe, she leaves his protection and shortly thereafter is found bludgeoned and strangled. A guilt-ridden Archie looks for the murderer in the board room of the dead girl's company and is subsequently arrested for impersonating a policeman. Before Nero can free his friend and solve the crime, the killer ... Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Nero Wolfe: So what happens today? Mr. Rowcliff took advantage of the absence of Mr. Goodwin whom he fears and petulantly envies and entered my house by force.
Lieutenant Rowcliff: That's a lie! I rang - !
Nero Wolfe: SHUT UP!
Nero Wolfe: [pauses] He was ass enough to think I would speak with him. Naturally, I ordered him out. And when I persisted in my refusal, I turned to leave...
Nero Wolfe: [growling] ... and he put a hand on me! He then took me into custody, under warrant, conducted me out of my home, and in a rickety old police car, with a headstrong and ...
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High praise for the movie and cast.
2 January 2002 | by (Hampstead, Maryland, USA) – See all my reviews

I have enjoyed every episode of Nero Wolfe on A&E, but especially the two-parters which can qualify as full-length movies. Timothy Hutton is excellent as Archie Goodwin, and the supporting cast is outstanding. The idea of an ensemble or repertory company where many cast members play a different role in each movie or episode is first-rate, as is the quality of their performances. Prisoner's Base just seemed to me to be the most absorbing and involved of the movies and episodes which premiered during 2001, though I highly recommend each Nero Wolfe movie or episode if you enjoy mysteries, intelligent dialogue, superior acting and period pieces set in the 1940's and/or 1950's.


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