Radio shows based on Nero Wolfe

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Nero Wolfe
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Sydney Greenstreet in
The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe (1950)
Other names The Adventures of Nero Wolfe
The Amazing Nero Wolfe
The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe
Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe
Genre Mystery detective
Running time 30/60 minutes
Country United States
Canada
Syndicates New England Network
ABC
NBC
MBS
CBC
Starring Santos Ortega
Francis X. Bushman
Sydney Greenstreet
Mavor Moore
Creator(s) Rex Stout
Air dates April 7, 1943 to April 10, 1982
No. of series 4
Audio format Mono / Stereo
Podcast Stream at Archive.org

Four radio series centering on the fictional detective Nero Wolfe have been broadcast in North America.

1943–44: The Adventures of Nero Wolfe[edit]

The first, 30-minute weekly, show began on the New England Network, and moved to ABC after three months.[1]

Start End Day Nero Wolfe actor Network
April 7, '43 June 30, '43 Wed J.B. Williams NEN
July 5, '43 Sept. 27, '43 Mon Santos Ortega ABC
Jan. 21, '44 July 14, '44 Fri Luis van Rooten ABC

Source:[1]


  1. "The Case of the Bloodstained Orchid" (July 5, 1943)
  2. "The Case of the Vacant Blonde" (July 19, 1943)
  3. "The Case of the Noisy Ghost" (July 26, 1943)
  4. "The Case of the Deadly Million" (August 2, 1943)
  5. "The Case of the Stuttering Records" (August 9, 1943)
  6. "Death Played a Dummy" (August 16, 1943)
  7. "The Case of the Departed Guest" (August 23, 1943)
  8. "The Case of the Murderous Signature" (August 30, 1943)
  9. "The Case of the Allergic Blonde" (September 6, 1943)
  10. "The Case of the Plastered Bride" (September 13, 1943)
  11. "The Case of the Missing Mind" (September 20, 1943)
  12. "The Case of the Red-Headed Baby" (September 27, 1943)
  13. "The Case of the Traveling Pajamas" (January 28, 1944)
  14. "The Case of the Superfluous Husband" (February 11, 1944)
  15. "The Princess Charming Case" (February 18, 1944)
  16. "The Case of the Bewildered Brothers" (February 25, 1944)
  17. "The Case of the Two-Headed Dolls" (March 3, 1944)
  18. "The Case of the Wandering Wife" (March 17, 1944)
  19. "The Case of the Passionate Pigeon" (March 24, 1944)
  20. "The Case of the Tattooed Terror" (April 7, 1944)
  21. "The Case of the Lonely Corpse" (April 14, 1944)
  22. "The Case of the Coy Cadaver" (April 21, 1944)
  23. "The Case of the Dying Portrait" (April 28, 1944)
  24. "The Case of the Million Dollar Baby" (May 5, 1944)
  25. "The Case of the Tenth Tornado" (May 12, 1944)
  26. "The Case of the Burning Book" (May 19, 1944)
  27. "The Wrong Leg Murder" (May 26, 1944)
  28. "The Case of the Invisible Murderer" (June 2, 1944)
  29. No title available (June 9, 1944)
  30. No title available (June 16, 1944)
  31. No title available (June 23, 1944)
  32. No title available (June 30, 1944)
  33. No title available (July 7, 1944)
  34. "The Last Laugh Murder Case [finale] (July 14, 1944)[2]

1946: The Amazing Nero Wolfe[edit]

The Mutual series adopted a 30-minute format.

The concluding show in the series, "The Case of the Shakespeare Folio," aired December 15, 1946.[2] It is the only episode that is available.[citation needed] This version starred Francis X. Bushman.

1950–1951: The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe[edit]

Episodes were 30 minutes on NBC.

Sydney Greenstreet starred as Nero Wolfe. A succession of Archies included Gerald Mohr, Herb Ellis, Lawrence Dobkin, Harry Bartell, Lamont Johnson and Wally Maher. William Johnstone was heard semi-regularly as Inspector Cramer.[citation needed] 'The case of the Headless Hunter' is the only show not available.

  1. "Stamped for Murder" (October 20, 1950)
  2. "The Case of the Careworn Cuff" (October 27, 1950)
  3. "The Case of the Dear, Dead Lady" (November 3, 1950)
  4. "The Case of the Headless Hunter" (November 10, 1950)
  5. "The Case of the Careless Cleaner" (November 17, 1950)
  6. "The Case of the Beautiful Archer" (November 24, 1950)
  7. "The Case of the Brave Rabbit" (December 1, 1950)
  8. "The Case of the Impolite Corpse" (December 8, 1950)
  9. "The Case of the Girl Who Cried Wolfe" (December 15, 1950)
  10. "The Case of the Slaughtered Santas" (December 22, 1950)
  11. "The Case of the Bashful Body" (December 29, 1950)
  12. "The Case of the Deadly Sell-Out" (January 5, 1951)
  13. "The Case of the Killer Cards" (January 12, 1951)
  14. "The Case of the Calculated Risk" (January 19, 1951)
  15. "The Case of the Phantom Fingers" (January 26, 1951)
  16. "The Case of the Vanishing Shells" (February 2, 1951)
  17. "The Case of the Party for Death" (February 16, 1951)
  18. "The Case of the Malevolent Medic" (February 23, 1951)
  19. "The Case of the Hasty Will" (March 2, 1951)
  20. "The Case of the Disappearing Diamonds" (March 9, 1951)
  21. "The Case of the Midnight Ride" (March 16, 1951)
  22. "The Case of the Final Page" (March 23, 1951)
  23. "The Case of the Tell-Tale Ribbon" (March 30, 1951)
  24. "The Case of the Shot in the Dark" or "A Slight Case of Perjury" (April 6, 1951)
  25. "The Case of the Lost Heir" (April 20, 1951)
  26. "The Case of Room 304" [finale] (April 27, 1951)[2][3]

1982: Nero Wolfe[edit]

Episodes were 60 minutes on the CBC.

Mavor Moore and Don Francks
in the CBC Radio drama series Nero Wolfe. (CBC Still Photo Collection/Fred Phipps)

In 1982, Canadian actor, producer, writer and cultural pioneer Mavor Moore (1919–2006) starred as Nero Wolfe in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's 13-episode radio series Nero Wolfe (a.k.a. Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe). Don Francks portrayed Archie Goodwin, and Cec Linder played Inspector Cramer.

The series was released on audiocassette by Durkin Hayes Publishing (DH Audio).

  1. "Disguise for Murder" (January 16, 1982)
  2. "Before I Die" (January 23, 1982)
  3. "Counterfeit for Murder" (January 30, 1982)
  4. "The Cop Killer" (February 6, 1982)
  5. "Christmas Party" (February 13, 1982)
  6. "Cordially Invited to Meet Death" (February 20, 1982)
  7. "Man Alive" (February 27, 1982)
  8. "Instead of Evidence" (March 6, 1982)
  9. "Eeny Meeny Murder Mo" (March 13, 1982)
  10. "The Squirt and the Monkey" (March 20, 1982)
  11. "The Next Witness" (March 27, 1982)
  12. "Death of a Demon" (April 3, 1982)
  13. "Murder is No Joke" (April 10, 1982)[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hickerson, Jay, The Ultimate History of Network Radio Programming and Guide to All Circulating Shows, 1992, Box 4321, Hamden, CT 06514, p. 5; Hood, Steve, Old Time Radio & Nero Wolfe
  2. ^ a b c Townsend, Guy M., Rex Stout: An Annotated Primary and Secondary Bibliography (1980, Garland Publishing; ISBN 0-8240-9479-4), pp. 125–126.
  3. ^ The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe at the Old Time Radio Researchers Group website
  4. ^ Hickerson, Jay, The Ultimate History of Network Radio Programming and Guide to All Circulating Shows, 1992, Box 4321, Hamden, CT 06514, p. 6; The Thrilling Detective, Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe

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