Nero Wolfe (1934-2002) All Films & TV Series Sept 12, 2019 3:48:28 GMT
Post by jno on Sept 12, 2019 3:48:28 GMT
For those who don't know who or what this is, 'Nero Wolfe' is a fictional detective, created back in 1934 by mystery novelist Rex Stout (great name and no idea if he likes a glass of stout).
Stout wrote a stack of books featuring the character up until 1975. The stories about Nero Wolfe have had multiple adaptations for radio, film and TV over the years.
I got into this when I spotted the 1981 TV series adaptation (starring 'Cannon' star William Conrad and Matt Houston actor Lee Horsley without moustache) for sale and decided to take a punt.
So what's it about? Nero Wolfe is a renowned and pretty wealthy New York detective who really doesn't like going out very much. Instead he likes to stay in, look after his orchids and get fancy meals cooked for him. He has a footman/employee/partner/assistant Archie Goodwin (played by Lee Horsley).
Wolfe's assistant Archie is the grafter in this, he's out and about chasing bad guys while Wolfe stays in, plans their next moves and generally moans about everybody, including the local police. Surprisingly, it's a pretty good dynamic for a TV show with Wolfe dumping on Archie in a similar vein to Arthur & Terry. That said, occasionally Archie drops Wolfe in it too. Just like Terry, Archie has an eye for any young ladies that stroll past him while he's out chasing bad guys.
I am a few episodes in and there is a great early 80s vibe going on, like in 'Tenspeed & Brownshoe'. There is a bit of action going on, car chases, explosions, shootings etc., but this is more a series for those who like sleuthing as opposed to action heros. That said, there is also action in the 1981 series.
I must confess, other than the 1977 pilot starring Thayer David (Wolfe) and Tom Mason (Archie) also included on my box set, I have not seen any of the other adaptations - there are lots, best read here:
I have no recollection of the 1981 TV series appearing on TV in the UK, and at present the DVD sets for the 1981 series have only been released in the US and in Germany.
A few episodes in though, and this is a very entertaining mystery solving series for fans of sleuthing.