Meet Nero Wolfe (1936)

Genres - Crime, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film  |   Run Time - 73 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Rex Stout's overweight, under-exercised detective Nero Wolfe was first brought to the screen in 1936 in the portly person of Edward Arnold. As brusque and short-tempered as ever, Wolfe tackles the case of a college professor who met his doom while playing golf, a tragedy followed by the seemingly unrelated death of a young mechanic. Dispatched to do Wolfe's leg work is his acerbic aide Archie Goodwin (Lionel Stander), who manages to discover that both deaths were tied in with a new weapon which silently shoots poisoned needles. Rex Stout wasn't too pleased with the expurgated screen treatment of his fictional sleuth, whose fondness for imported beers was changed by the censors to a predilection for hot chocolate! Well directed by Broadway vet Herbert Biberman, Meet Nero Wolfe was followed in 1937 by The League of Frightened Men, with Walter Connolly as Wolfe.



beer, blow-gun, brother, college, college-president, dart, detective, golf, home, inventor, investigation, investigator, killing, mechanic, missing-person, poison, private-detective, search, tension, play [recreation]