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"A Nero Wolfe Mystery" Prisoner's Base: Part 1 (2001)

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Original Air Date:
13 May 2001 (Season 1, Episode 4)
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Timothy Hutton ... Archie Goodwin

Maury Chaykin ... Nero Wolfe

Bill Smitrovich ... Inspector Cramer

Saul Rubinek ... Lon Cohen
Colin Fox ... Fritz Brenner

James Tolkan ... Bernard Quest

Ron Rifkin ... Perry Helmar

Kari Matchett ... Sarah Jaffee

Shauna Black ... Priscilla Eads

Conrad Dunn ... Saul Panzer

Robert Bockstael ... District Attorney T. Bowen
Nicky Guadagni ... Viola Duday
Bill MacDonald ... Lieutenant Rowcliff
R.D. Reid ... Sergeant Purley Stebbins
Diana Barrington ... Daphne O'Neill (as Dina Barrington)
Aron Tager ... Commissioner Skinner

Steve Cumyn ... Eric Hagh
Gary Reineke ... Oliver Pitkin
Hrant Alianak ... Nathaniel Parker

Jody Racicot ... Night Man
Marty Moreau ... Cop
David Schurmann ... Jay Brucker
Wayne Best ... Albert Irby

Ted Ludzik ... Officer

Episode Crew
Directed by
Neill Fearnley 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lee Goldberg  teleplay
William Rabkin  teleplay
Rex Stout  novel "Prisoner's Base"

Produced by
Howard Braunstein .... executive producer
Delia Fine .... executive producer: A&E Network
Timothy Hutton .... executive producer
Michael Jaffe .... executive producer
Susan Murdoch .... producer
Original Music by
Michael Small 
Cinematography by
Derek Rogers 
Film Editing by
Stephen Lawrence 
Susan Shipton 
Casting by
Tina Gerussi 
Production Design by
Lindsey Hermer-Bell 
Set Decoration by
Odetta Stoddard 
Costume Design by
Christopher Hargadon 
Makeup Department
Jane Meade .... makeup artist (as Jane Mead)
Rita Pacitto .... assistant hair stylist
Production Management
Jennifer Phillips .... post-production supervisor
David Till .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Coombs .... first assistant director
Ken A. Smith .... second assistant director
Art Department
Jean-Pierre Charbonneau .... construction coordinator (as J-P Charbonneau)
Helen Field .... property master
Robert Shipman .... props
Adam Weir .... carpenter
Sound Department
David Appleby .... sound re-recording mixer
Tony Currie .... dialogue editor
Thomas Hidderley .... production sound mixer (as Tom Hidderley)
Peter Kelly .... sound re-recording mixer
Goro Koyama .... foley artist
Jeremy MacLaverty .... supervising sound editor
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Peter Persaud .... foley mixer
Don White .... foley mixer
Mike Woroniuk .... sound re-recording mixer
Dwayne McLean .... stunt coordinator
Bryan Renfro .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
James Kohne .... key grip
Andris Matiss .... camera operator
Scott McKinnon .... gaffer
Robert Mountjoy .... first assistant camera
Bruce Macaulay .... still photographer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Frank Biasi .... on-line editor
Joanne Rourke .... colorist: tape to tape
Marc Roussel .... assistant editor
Music Department
Richard Martinez .... associate music producer
Transportation Department
Greg O'Hara .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Lynn Josephson Delaney .... executive assistant to executive producer
Brad McIlroy .... on-set caterer
Gina Nocero .... unit publicist: A&E Network
Teri Spasov .... production accountant
Sherri Wolfson .... location manager
Elaine Yarish .... script supervisor

Series Crew
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Production Management
Jennifer Phillips .... post-production supervisor (episode "Over My Dead Body: Parts I & II") (episode "Prisoner's Base: Parts I & II")
Steve Solomos .... production manager (episode "Motherhunt: Parts I & II") (episode "Silent Speaker: Part I & II, The") (episode "Too Many Clients: Parts I & II")
David Till .... production manager (episode "Champagne for One: Parts I & II") (episode "Prisoner's Base: Parts I & II ")
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David McLennan .... first assistant director (episode "Motherhunt: Parts I & II")
Art Department
Max MacDonald .... assistant art director
Colin Paul .... set buyer
Sean Scoffield .... graphic designer
Shelley Silverman .... second assistant art director (as Shelley H. Silverman)
Paul Vernon .... carpenter
Sound Department
Louis DiFlorio .... adr recordist
Louis DiFlorio .... foley recordist
Diep Le .... foley assistant
Special Effects by
Tim Barraball .... special effects coordinator
Jon Davis .... special effects technician
Dean Stewart .... special effects coordinator
Dwayne McLean .... stunt coordinator: episode "Prisoner's Base"
Layton Morrison .... stunt spotter: episode "Door to Death" (as Layton Morison)
Edward A. Queffelec .... stunts
Alison Reid .... stunt coordinator (episode "Champagne for One: Parts I & II")
Camera and Electrical Department
Stephen Spurrell .... rigging gaffer
Hugh Young .... generator operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Angela Elter .... costume cutter
Editorial Department
Valerie Laurie .... post-production facility coordinator
Transportation Department
Steven Sacrob .... driver
Other crew
Rachel Clarke .... third assistant accountant
Nora Lem .... craft service
Jules Pereira .... assistant production coordinator (as Julie Pereira)
Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

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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 paroxysmal driver, brought me to this building. I had assumed charitably that it was some major misapprehension that had driven Mr. Rowcliff to this frenzied zeal. But I learned from you, Mr. Bowen, that it was merely a fit of nincompoopery! That you - you think that I have a client. That I know something you don't know and would like to and that you can bully it out of me. Well, you can't! I haven't got it! But you are correct in assuming that I have a client, I do.
Lieutenant Rowcliff:I knew it!
Nero Wolfe:As you may know, Mr. Goodwin is not indifferent to those attributes of young women which constitute the chief reliance of our race in our gallant struggle against the menace of the insects. He is also... especially vulnerable to young women who have a knack for stimulating his love of chivalry and adventure. Priscilla Eads was such a woman. Within hours of her eviction by him at my behest, she was brutally murdered. He then bounded out of my house, like a man obsessed, after telling me he was going single-handedly after the murderer. It was... pathetic. But also, thoroughly admirable. And your callous and churlish treatment of him leave me with no alternative: I am at his service.
Lieutenant Rowcliff:You mean Archie Goodwin is your client?
District Attorney T. Bowen:All that rigamarole was leading up to that?
Archie Goodwin:[kicks door open] I'm hungry. I had a soda fountain lunch. I could eat a porcupine with quills on it. Let's go home.
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
High praise for the movie and cast., 2 January 2002
Author: graybabyus ( from Hampstead, Maryland, USA

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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