Nero Wolfe is stunned when Archie Goodwin reveals evidence of his impending engagement. However, Archie is no less shocked when accompanying his so-called fiancée to a Christmas party by the murder of their host.

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Inspector Cramer
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Fritz Brenner
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Conrad Dunn ...
Saul Panzer
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Cherry Quon
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Alfred Kiernan
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Emil Hatch
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Leo Jerome
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Mrs. Perry Porter Jerome
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Sergeant Purley Stebbins
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Archie shocks Nero by informing him of his forthcoming engagement to beautiful Margot Dickey. The announcement will be made officially at a Christmas party hosted by avant-garde designer Kurt Bottweil. To Archie's surprise at the party, Margot now intends to marry Bottweil, not him, but before the evening is over, the designer lies dead, poisoned after drinking his favorite liquor. Although everyone at the party is a potential suspect, immediate suspicion falls on the unknown actor in the Santa Claus suit who mysteriously disappeared during the excitement. After Archie returns to the brownstone, Wolfe reveals to him that he was the enigmatic figure in the Santa outfit. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Action | Drama | Mystery

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1 July 2001 (USA)  »

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Goofs

Archie Goodwin recognizes that Saul Panzer has been at the office by recognizing Panzer's cigarette butts in his ashtray. However, in every other episode of the series, Wolfe forbids anyone from smoking in his house. See more »

Quotes

Kurt Bottweil: I always have a Pernot after lunch. It's my secret public vice.
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Broadway Tango
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Written by Billy Novick and Paul Lenart
SCD 319:24
Opening sequence on the dance floor at the Flamingo
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One of my favorite episodes...
11 September 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If I had to pick one of the 28 episodes of Nero Wolfe as my favorite, it would be very difficult, however, a top contender would be "The Christmas Party". Perhaps it's the fact that Nero dresses as Santa Claus, after playing "Bah Humbug" with Archie, and Fritz when they showed some Xmas spirit. Or, perhaps I really find Francie Swift attractive, and she is especially beautiful in this episode.

Or, maybe it's just a great episode. Either way, if you are deciding on a sample Nero Wolfe episode to watch, to see if you may want to purchase the DVD sets, this would be a great candidate.

Nero Wolfe in my humble opinion is one of the top 5 TV series in cinema history, and it's a damn shame A&E dumped it after two seasons, so they could cater to the Millennium generation. Wolfe was one of the highest rated TV series when it was canceled by A&E at the conclusion of the second season.


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