A Nero Wolfe Mystery: Season 2, Episode 11

Before I Die (16 Jun. 2002)

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A notorious gangster hires Wolfe to protect his real daughter, who is unaware of who her father is, and stop the woman impersonating his daughter from blackmailing him.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Fox ...
Christine Brubaker ...
Dazy Perrit
Beulah Page
Archie 2
L.A. Schwartz
Bill MacDonald ...
Morton Schane
Beau Starr ...
Thomas 'Thumbs' Meeker
Nicky Guadagni ...
Fabian's Girl


Wartime food shortages leave Wolfe desperate for red meat in his meals, so when notorious criminal Dazy Perrit, the so-called King of the Black Market, wants to hire Wolfe, the detective accepts a case he would have turned down under normal circumstances. Perrit's real daughter is an altruistic medical student studying medicine at Columbia and doesn't know who her father is. As a diversion in order to protect her from his enemies, Perrit hires a petty criminal to pose as his daughter, but she has been blackmailing him. When both the bogus daughter and Perrit are murdered, suspicion falls on Archie. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Action | Drama | Mystery




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16 June 2002 (USA)  »

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