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"A Nero Wolfe Mystery" The Silent Speaker: Part 1 (2002)

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Michael Jaffe (teleplay)
Rex Stout (novel)
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Original Air Date:
14 July 2002 (Season 2, Episode 13)
In post-War America, where shortages are common, the Bureau of Price Regulations is a very controversial organization, and when its leader is murdered, Wolfe takes the case. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Timothy Hutton ... Archie Goodwin

Maury Chaykin ... Nero Wolfe

Debra Monk ... Mrs. Boone
Colin Fox ... Fritz Brenner

Bill Smitrovich ... Inspector Cramer

Cynthia Watros ... Phoebe Gunther

Joe Flaherty ... Dr. Vollmer

George Plimpton ... Winterhoff

James Tolkan ... FBI Agent Richard Wragg

Conrad Dunn ... Saul Panzer

Fulvio Cecere ... Fred Durkin
David Schurmann ... Frank Erskine Sr.
Christine Brubaker ... Hattie Harding
Bill MacDonald ... Breslow

Matthew Edison ... Ed Erskine Jr.
R.D. Reid ... Sergeant Purley Stebbins
Nicky Guadagni ... Mrs. Cramer / Secretary

Richard Waugh ... Don O'Neill

Manon von Gerkan ... Nina Boone

Julian Richings ... Alger Kates
Robert Bockstael ... Solomon Dexter
Gary Eisler ... Cab Driver
Brooke Lovell ... Technician
Gary Reineke ... Police Commissioner Hombert

Steve Cumyn ... District Attorney Skinner
Frank Blanch ... Carlos

Doug Lennox ... Inspector Ash
Bruce McFee ... Warder
Howard Hoover ... Johnny Darst
Ken Smith ... Phillips
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

David Agranov ... Mrs. Boone's Chauffeur (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Michael Jaffe 
Writing credits
Michael Jaffe (teleplay)

Rex Stout (novella "The Silent Speaker")

Produced by
Howard Braunstein .... executive producer
David Craig .... supervising producer: A&E Network
Sharon Elizabeth Doyle .... consulting producer
Delia Fine .... executive producer: A&E Network
Timothy Hutton .... executive producer
Michael Jaffe .... executive producer
Jennifer Phillips .... associate producer
Randi Richmond .... producer
Original Music by
Michael Small 
Cinematography by
John Berrie 
Film Editing by
James Bredin 
Casting by
Tina Gerussi 
Production Design by
Lindsey Hermer-Bell 
Art Direction by
Peter Emmink 
Costume Design by
Christopher Hargadon 
Makeup Department
Rita Pacitto .... assistant hair stylist
Kelly Shanks .... assistant hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yolanda Graci .... second assistant director
David McLennan .... first assistant director
Art Department
Helen Field .... property master
Suzanne Hodson .... set decoration buyer
Kevin Lise .... assistant property master
Fred Mendelson .... construction coordinator
Rob Valeriote .... assistant head carpenter
Adam Weir .... carpenter
Sound Department
Elma Bello .... dialogue editor
Steve Hammond .... foley artist
Trent Richmond .... assistant sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Ben Mark Holdzberg .... still photographer (as Ben Mark Holzberg)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lindsay Jacobs .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Frank Biasi .... on-line editor
Joanne Rourke .... colorist: tape to tape
Music Department
Kevin Banks .... music editor
Lawrence Manchester .... music mixer
Other crew
Filomena Jolic .... executive assistant: Mr. Maury Chaykin
Lynn Josephson Delaney .... executive assistant to executive producer
Matt MacLennan .... production assistant
Lisa M. Perry .... assistant to producer

Series Crew
These people are regular crew members. Were they in this episode?
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 CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
i love them all.. but help!, 9 February 2007
Author: lyrical_genius_2006 from United Kingdom

i love the nero wolfe TV series! i really do! yet i cannot seem to be able to get hold of any dvds that will play in the UK. its sooo frustrating, and im desperate! i cant afford a multi regional DVD player, so does anyone think they can help?!

on the upside, the films themselves are absolutely outstanding. I've heard criticisms, because the same cast is used for various shows, but I think this only goes further to show the capabilities of the cast. Maury Chaykin, Timothy Hutton, Colin Fox (who is actually British, would you believe?) and the crew playing Saul, Fred and Orrie are also on top form throughout the series.

It is this reason more than any other that I need to get hold of these films/shows! I've spent years trying to find them, and shockingly, no-one in the UK stocked them for UK DVD players.

In conclusion, a must watch series or two, with not one flaw, and truly a model on which book-to-TV transitions should take place.

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