Nero Wolfe

  • Title: A Nero Wolfe Mystery – Die Like a Dog
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A Nero Wolfe Mystery - Die Like a Dog television review

Throwback Thursday takes us back to mid 20th Century New York and the private detective offices located at 454 W. 35th Street. A mix-up, a dog following Archie (Timothy Hutton) home, and the detective’s clever idea to play a prank on his boss which backfires, all lead Nero Wolfe (Maury Chaykin) to investigate a murder without a client. The victim was the dog’s former owner and the motive surrounds a woman (Kari Matchett) who almost all of the apartment’s inhabitants are willing to protect. “Die Like a Dog” features on of the show’s more obvious set-ups as the mere fact the dog follows Archie home exposes the identity of the murder (even though it may take Wolfe a bit longer to expose them). If the mystery is a bit pedestrian for the show, there’s still plenty of fun to be had with Wolfe and Archie’s back-and-forth about the dog and Archie impersonating a police detective in order to question the various suspects in the crime.

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  • Title: A Nero Wolfe Mystery – The Next Witness
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A Nero Wolfe Mystery - The Next Witness television review

Throwback Tuesday takes us back to mid 20th Century New York and the private detective offices located at 454 W. 35th Street. “The Next Witness” is one of the few episodes of the series where Nero Wolfe (Maury Chaykin) spends most of his time outside the confines of the home he is loathsome to ever leave. In this instance Wolfe is subpoenaed to testify in a murder trial. Almost immeadiately tired of the proceedings, Wolfe and Archie (Timothy Hutton) leave the court. Knowing his only course of action to avoid his own prosecution for contempt of court, Wolfe heads off to find the true culprit in the murder he believes the accused (David Schurmann) is innocent of doing in. Unable to go home until the job is done, Wolfe must get to the truth of the case as soon as possible.

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  • Title: A Nero Wolfe Mystery – Death of a Doxy
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A Nero Wolfe Mystery - Death of a Doxy television review

Throwback Thursday takes us back to mid 20th Century New York and the private detective offices located at 454 W. 35th Street. While the two-part Second Season premiere is still a passable episode, “Death of a Doxy” certainly wouldn’t rank among my favorites. The story feels a bit forced in order to be a “big” episode, with everyone (in front and behind the camera) trying a bit too hard, and the murder plot itself feels like it could have been truncated to a single episode without loosing much. The episode centers around Orrie Cather (Trent McMullen) being charged with the murder of a woman he was seeing on the side. While attempting to do Orrie a favor, Archie (Timothy Hutton) stumbles upon the body. That, plus circumstantial evidence, has even those within the brownstone questioning Orrie’s innocence.

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  • Title: A Nero Wolfe Mystery – Over My Dead Body
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A Nero Wolfe Mystery - Over My Dead Body television review

Flashback Friday us back to mid 20th Century New York and the private detective offices located at 454 W. 35th Street. “Over My Dead Body” is a complicated affair that involves the theft of diamonds, two murders, world politics, lies and deception, the FBI, a lucrative land deal, and a client claiming to be Nero Wolfe‘s (Maury Chaykin) daughter (Francie Swift). While investigating the theft of jewels, Archie (Timothy Hutton) stumbles onto a murder that evidence points to Neya Tormic (Swift), the woman claiming to be Wolfe’s daughter, and her associate (Kari Matchett) who hired Wolfe on Neya’s behalf. The fact that Wolfe is unable to get straight answers from either of them only complicates matters as does a document one of them decides to hide in the brownstone rather than see it fall into the wrong hands.

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  • Title: A Nero Wolfe Mystery – Christmas Party
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A Nero Wolfe Mystery - Christmas Party TV review

Today’s Throwback Thursday post takes us back to mid 20th Century New York and the private detective offices located at 454 W. 35th Street. Making terrific use of Francie Swift, who so perfectly fits the role as fatale in the show’s setting, “Christmas Party” is one of my favorite episodes of the series in which Archie (Timothy Hutton) is able to put one over on his boss and Nero Wolfe (Maury Chaykin) makes an out-of-character mistake that puts them both in the middle of a murder investigation. Invited to a Christmas party by his sometimes dancing partner Margot Dickey (Swift) who plans to use Archie (and the fake marriage licence he was able to procure) as a needed push to get her boss (Robert Bockstael) to marry her, Archie is front-and-center when their host drops dead of poison. So is Nero Wolfe, disguised as the party’s Santa Claus in order to get a good look at the woman Archie has informed his boss he plans to wed.

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