Meet Nero Wolfe

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Meet Nero Wolfe is a 1936 mystery film based on the 1934 novel Fer-de-Lance, written by Rex Stout. Set in New York, the story introduced the detective genius Nero Wolfe (Edward Arnold) and his assistant Archie Goodwin (Lionel Stander). read more

Meet Nero Wolfe is a 1936 mystery film based on the 1934 novel Fer-de-Lance, written by Rex Stout. Set in New York, the story introduced the detective genius Nero Wolfe (Edward Arnold) and his assistant Archie Goodwin (Lionel Stander). The partnership endured through 33 novels and 39 short stories written by Stout, but continued in only one more film for Columbia Pictures. Wolfe's client is portrayed by Rita Hayworth, then billed as Rita Cansino, in an early performance. The titles of the film begin with the November 1934 issue of The American Magazine — in which the abridged version of Fer-de-Lance appeared — lying on a table. The magazine is taken from the table and opened to an illustrated spread that reads, "Edward Arnold in Meet Nero Wolfe."

Original Release

07/16/1936

US Release

07/16/1936

Cast

Edward Arnold Nero Wolfe
Lionel Stander Archie Goodwin
Dennie Moore Mazie Gray
Victor Jory Claude Roberts
Nana Bryant Sarah Barstow
Joan Perry Ellen Barstow
Russell Hardie Manuel Kimball
Walter Kingsford Emanuel Jeremiah (E.J.) Kimball
Boyd Irwin Prof. Edgar Barstow
John Qualen Olaf
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Herbert J. Biberman

Writers

Joseph Anthony, Howard J. Green, Bruce Manning, Rex Stout

Cast

Edward Arnold Nero Wolfe
Lionel Stander Archie Goodwin
Dennie Moore Mazie Gray
Victor Jory Claude Roberts
Nana Bryant Sarah Barstow
Joan Perry Ellen Barstow
Russell Hardie Manuel Kimball
Walter Kingsford Emanuel Jeremiah (E.J.) Kimball
Boyd Irwin Prof. Edgar Barstow
John Qualen Olaf
Gene Morgan Det. Lt. O'Grady
Rita Hayworth Maria Maringola / Marie Maringola
Frank Conroy Dr. Nathaniel Bradford
Juan Torena Carlo Maringola
Martha Tibbetts The Apartment House Maid
Eddy Waller Golf Starter
George Offerman Jr. Mike - E.J.'s Caddy
William 'Billy' Benedict Johnny - Barstow's Caddy
Raymond Borzage Tommy - Roberts' Caddy
William Anderson Bill - Manuel's Caddy

Producers

Editors

Otto Meyer

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