A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2001–2002)
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Champagne for One: Part 1 

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When Archie stands in for an acquaintance at a charity dance for unwed mothers, one of the mothers-to-be suddenly collapses and dies on the dance floor, an apparent suicide.


Timothy Hutton


Rex Stout (novel), Lee Goldberg (teleplay) | 1 more credit »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Hutton ... Archie Goodwin
Maury Chaykin ... Nero Wolfe
Bill Smitrovich ... Inspector Cramer
Colin Fox Colin Fox ... Fritz Brenner
James Tolkan ... Mr. Hackett
Marian Seldes ... Mrs. Louise Grantham Robilotti
Kari Matchett ... Celia Grantham
Conrad Dunn Conrad Dunn ... Saul Panzer
Nicky Guadagni ... Elaine Usher
Kathryn Zenna ... Helen Yarmis
Alex Poch-Goldin ... Edwin Laidlaw
Fulvio Cecere ... Fred Durkin
Trent McMullen Trent McMullen ... Orrie Cather
Robert Bockstael Robert Bockstael ... Paul Schuster
R.D. Reid R.D. Reid ... Sergeant Purley Stebbins


Mrs. Louise Robilotti, a well-meaning but judgmental socialite, hosts a charity dance where she tries to introduce four young women from a home for unwed mothers to prospective husbands. Although not the marrying kind, Archie agrees to fill in for a casual ne'er-do-well acquaintance complaining of a cold and proceeds to have a good time with the attractive women, the hostess' alcoholic daughter, and the free-flowing champagne. The evening suddenly comes to an abrupt end when one of the young women collapses and dies on the dance floor. Because the dead girl carried cyanide with her and openly talked about a death wish, suicide is initially suggested by Mrs. Robilotti who dreads the bad publicity a murder would bring. Along with Archie, Nero suspects that the death is indeed murder and together they expose the means, the motive, and the murderer. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Action | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

6 May 2001 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


The books chosen date from the 1930s to the 1960s. Rex Stout never aged the characters over the 30-40 years he wrote the books. See more »


Archie: I never implied that I had the slightest notion who did it, how or why. I'm only saying Faith Usher put nothing whatsoever in her glass of champagne.
Inspector Cramer: So you won't discuss it, hmm?
Archie: I won't?
[looks around, puzzled]
Archie: What are we doing?
Inspector Cramer: [looks cranky]
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Nulla in Mundo Pax Sincera
Written by Antonio Vivaldi
Dinner party
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A great show for true Nero Wolfe fans.
8 June 2001 | by judyabrSee all my reviews

Anyone who has not read the eighty-six Nero Wolfe novels of Rex Stout might not appreciate the eye for detail given to this series. But almost everything, from the red leather chair and yellow sofa in the office, to Archie's milk and Wolfe's ever-present beer, could have been scripted by Rex Stout himself. The best part of the adaptation is the Archie Goodwin character, who is exactly as this Nero Wolfe fan would imagine him to be. As someone who generally finds fault with movie and/or TV adaptations of books (especially of books I like), this series has been one of the pleasantest surprises I have seen on TV in a long time.

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