The character of Nero Wolfe came from a series of novels by Rex
Stout. Nero Wolfe was known as "the gargantuan gourmet, the fat
genius whose eye for detail has solved many a perfect murder" and
"the detective genius who rates the knife and fork the greatest
invention ever invented by man". Archie Goodwin, Wolfe's male
secretary, prodded him into taking cases whenever the bank balance
got a little low.
Nero Wolfe first appeared on radio on July 5, 1943 on the NBC Blue
Network in THE ADVENTURES OF NERO WOLFE. This was a short-lived
series staring Santos Ortega as Wolfe and Luis Van Rooten as Archie.
The second attempt at bringing Mr. Wolfe to the airwaves was during
1945 on the Mutual network in THE AMAZING NERO WOLFE. This run
lasted only until December 15, 1946 and starred Francis X. Bushman.
The third series, the subject of this log, was known as THE NEW
ADVENTURES OF NERO WOLFE. Starting on October 20, 1950, a Friday, it
lasted only until April 27, 1951. It starred Sidney Greenstreet as
Wolfe. The part of Archie was played by Lawrence Dobkin for the
first twelve shows. Gerald Mohr took over for the next four shows
after making a guest appearance in the twelfth show. Harry Bartell
was Archie for the remainder of the series.
Nero Wolfe was last heard on radio over Canadian Broadcasting Corp.
stations in 1982 in a series of 13 1-hour shows.
50/10/20 1 Stamped for Murder
50/10/27 2 The Care Worn Cuff
50/11/03 3 The Dear, Dead Lady
50/11/17 5 The Careless Cleaner
50/11/24 6 The Beautiful Archer
50/12/01 7 The Brave Rabbit
50/12/08 8 The Impolite Corpse
50/12/15 9 The Girl Who Cried Wolf
50/12/22 10 The Slaughtered Santas
50/12/29 11 The Bashful Body
51/01/05 12 Deadly Sell-Out
51/01/12 13 The Killer Cards
51/01/19 14 The Calculated Risk
51/01/26 15 The Phantom Fingers
51/02/02 16 The Vanishing Shells
51/02/16 17 The Party for Death
51/02/23 18 The Malevolent Medic
51/03/02 19 The Hasty Will
51/03/09 20 The Disappearing Diamonds
51/03/16 21 The Midnight Ride
51/03/23 22 The Final Page
51/03/30 23 The Tell-Tale Ribbon
51/04/06 24 A Slight Case of Perjury
51/04/20 25 The Lost Heir
51/04/27 26 Room 304 (Last Episode)