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OLD TIME RADIO - 1 CD - 52 mp3 - Total Playtime: 28:54:47

1943–1944, 30 minutes

Three actors portrayed Nero Wolfe over the course of the series. J.B. Williams starred in its first incarnation, broadcast Wednesdays on the New England Network (April 7–June 30, 1943). Santos Ortega assumed the role when the suspense drama moved to ABC on Mondays (July 5–September 27, 1943) and Fridays (January 21–July 14, 1944). Luis Van Rooten succeeded Ortega in 1944, Nero Wolfe's last year on ABC.

"Santos Ortega played Wolfe," wrote John McAleer in Rex Stout: A Biography. "John Gibson was Archie. Gibson was breezy and Ortega wheezy — indeed, he opened the program with a wheeze, as his signature... Rex thought the actors were creditable but winced at the plots. He never listened to the broadcasts... Louis Vittes was the chief scriptwriter and wrote most of the scripts. None of Rex's story material was used. All characters beside Wolfe, Archie and Cramer were ABC's own. For the use of Wolfe and Archie, Rex received a weekly royalty.

"Differences between (ABC producer) Hi Brown and Edwin Fadiman, who represented Rex's radio, screen and television interests, as Nero Wolfe Attractions, Inc., prevented its later resumption on ABC," McAleer reported. "This fact Brown regretted. 'Nero Wolfe,' Brown says, 'is one of the strongest and most successful detective characters in all of fiction.'"

1946, 30 minutes

"The series next surfaced early in 1946, on Sundays, on the Mutual Network," wrote Stout biographer John McAleer, "with Francis X. Bushman, one-time movie idol, as Wolfe, and Elliott Lewis as Archie. ... The scripts once again were network originals. The humor verged on slapstick." The concluding show in the series, "The Case of the Shakespeare Folio," aired December 15, 1946.

1950 -- 1951 Series: "THE NEW ADVENTURES OF NERO WOLFE" (25 episodes)
NETWORK: NBC, SPONSOR: SUSTAINED, TIME: Fridays: 8:00 - 8:30 pm
STARS: Sidney Greenstreet as Nero Wolfe. Archie played by various actors
WRITER: Louis Vittes based on the stories by Rex Stout; ANNOUNCER: Don Stanley; PRODUCER: Edwin Fadiman; DIRECTOR: J. Donald Wilson.

1982, 60 minutes
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.

"It took [Toronto actor and producer] Ron Hartmann two years to adapt, direct and produce the 13 episodes for radio," reported the Toronto Globe and Mail. "Ron and I are ardent Nero Wolfe fans, and we're out to convert the listener," Moore said.



440714 26 The Last Laugh Murder Case
461215 xx The Missing Book

501020 01 Stamped for Murder
501027 02 The Care Worn Cuff
501103 03 The Dear Dead Lady
501117 05 The Careless Cleaner
501124 06 The Beautiful Archer
501201 07 The Brave Rabbit
501208 08 The Impolite Corpse
501215 09 The Girl Who Cried Wolf
501222 10 The Slaughtered Santas
501229 11 The Bashful Body
510105 12 Deadly Sell-Out
510112 13 The Killer Cards
510119 14 The Calculated Risk - Alternate
510119 14 The Calculated Risk
510126 15 The Phantom Fingers
510202 16 The Vanishing Shells - Alternate
510202 16 The Vanishing Shells
510216 17 The Party for Death
510223 18 The Malevolent Medic
510302 19 The Hasty Will
510309 20 The Disappearing Diamonds
510316 21 The Midnight Ride
510323 22 The Final Page
510330 23 The Tell-Tale Ribbon
510406 24 A Slight Case of Perjury
510420 25 The Lost Heir
510427 26 Room 304 (Last Episode)

820116 01 Disguise For Murder
820123 02 Before I Die
820130 03 Counterfeit for Murder
820206 04 The Cop Killer
820213 05 Christmas Party
820220 06 Cordially Invited to Meet Death
820227 07 Man Alive
820306 08 Instead of Evidence
820313 09 Eeny Meeny Murder Mo
820320 10 The Squirt and the Monkey
820327 11 The Next Witness
820403 12 Death of a Demon
820410 13 Murder is No Joke

Nero Wolfe Readings - Not Quite Dead Enough 1
Nero Wolfe Readings - Not Quite Dead Enough 2

Nero Wolfe Readings - The Doorbell Rang 1
Nero Wolfe Readings - The Doorbell Rang 2
Nero Wolfe Readings - The Doorbell Rang 3

Nero Wolfe Readings - The Doorbell Rang 4

Rex Stout Bio

Sydney Greenstreet Biography

The New Adventures Of Nero Wolfe Intro

Whatever Became Of Nero Wolf





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