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A wealthy realtor sends out dozens of copies of a book that paints the FBI in an unfavorable light. They harass her. So she turns to Nero Wolfe to get them off her back.

Director:

Frank D. Gilroy

Writers:

Rex Stout (novel), Frank D. Gilroy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thayer David ... Nero Wolfe
Tom Mason ... Archie Goodwin
Brooke Adams ... Sarah Dacos
Biff McGuire ... Inspector Cramer
John Randolph ... Lon Cohen
Anne Baxter ... Mrs. Rachael Bruner
David Hurst ... Fritz Benner
John O'Leary John O'Leary ... Theodore Horstmann
Sarah Cunningham Sarah Cunningham ... Mrs. Althaus
Lewis Charles ... Saul Panzer
Frank Campanella Frank Campanella ... Fred Durkin
John Gerstad John Gerstad ... Dr. Vollmer
John Hoyt ... Hewitt
Ivor Francis ... Evers
Allen Case ... FBI Chief Rugby
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A wealthy realtor sends out dozens of copies of a book that paints the FBI in an unfavorable light. They harass her. So she turns to Nero Wolfe to get them off her back.

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Genres:

Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1979 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed in 1977 as a series pilot, it was put on the shelf for two years. In the interim its star, Thayer David, died. The film finally aired December 18, 1979, as a midnight movie. See more »

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The David Lewis in this episode is David Lewis (III) See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Rachael Bruner: I'd heard that Nero Wolfe wasn't afraid of anything.
Nero Wolfe: One can retreat from folly without backing into fear.
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Interesting interpretation
1 February 2014 | by TexasGreatGramsSee all my reviews

I just watched this adaptation of one of my favorite detectives on ME (Memorable Entertainment) television on AT&T U-Verse. I have enjoyed Mr. Stout's books for years and enjoyed this (assumed) pilot.

When I saw it listed I thought it was the A&E series with Timothy Hutton and Maury Chaykin and I had enjoyed that series for the short time it was on.

I agree with one of the other reviewers that Mr. Thayer was really too slim to play Nero Wolfe, but I had enjoyed his appearances on "Dark Shadows" and did not let that deter my enjoyment.

Tom Mason was entertaining as Archie Goodwin, but Timothy Hutton's performances on the A&E series had spoiled me.

I am glad I stuck with the airing and enjoyed the others in the cast, especially Anne Baxter. If you ever get the chance, I think you might enjoy this also.


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