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Rex Stout,s portly detective prides himself on solving crimes without venturing outside his comfortable home; here he relies on others to do the legwork in pinpointing who among a number of... See full summary »

Director:

Herbert J. Biberman (as Herbert Biberman)

Writers:

Joseph Anthony (screenplay), Howard J. Green (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Boyd Irwin ... Prof. Edgar Barstow (as Boyd Irwin Sr.)
John Qualen ... Olaf
Gene Morgan ... Det. Lt. O'Grady
Rita Hayworth ... Maria Maringola (as Rita Cansino)
Frank Conroy ... Dr. Nathaniel Bradford
Juan Torena ... Carlo Maringola
Martha Tibbetts Martha Tibbetts ... The Apartment House Maid
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Rex Stout,s portly detective prides himself on solving crimes without venturing outside his comfortable home; here he relies on others to do the legwork in pinpointing who among a number of suspects is responsible for two sudden deaths,which the authorities at first are not convinced were murders. Written by Lawrence Chadbourne

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Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fer-de-Lance See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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movie writers pale in comparison to Rex Stout
29 June 2019 | by pchristleSee all my reviews

To start with, this was a very enjoyable detective mystery from the 1930s, but it just wasn't Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe. The story is based on Stout's novel "Fer-de-Lance" but considerably altered, probably due to the difficulty of filming the novel's airplane scenes and to time constraints. The most egregious fault with this movie is turning Archie Goodwin into a psuedo-buffoon and saddling him with a fiance who contributes absolutely nothing to the story line. Nitpicking, Wolfe is too mobile, jolly, and penurious and drinks his beer from the bottle; none of these inaccuracies are necessary. Still, if you can get it to watch (ah, there's the rub) it is an entertaining hour and a half.


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