A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2001–2002)
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Disguise for Murder 

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During a flower exhibition at Wolfe's brownstone, a tipsy young woman who confides to Archie that she's recognized a murderer at the show is murdered on premises shortly thereafter.


John L'Ecuyer


Sharon Elizabeth Doyle (teleplay), Rex Stout (novel)





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Hutton ... Archie Goodwin
Maury Chaykin ... Nero Wolfe
Bill Smitrovich ... Inspector Cramer
Saul Rubinek ... Lon Cohen
Colin Fox Colin Fox ... Fritz Brenner
James Tolkan ... W.J.
Debra Monk ... Mrs. Carlisle
Kathryn Zenna ... Cynthia Brown
Trent McMullen Trent McMullen ... Orrie Cather
Conrad Dunn Conrad Dunn ... Saul Panzer
R.D. Reid R.D. Reid ... Sergeant Purley Stebbins
Aron Tager ... Mr. Carlisle
Elizabeth Saunders ... Madam #1 (as Elizabeth Brown)
Nicholas Campbell ... Colonel Percy Brown
Nancy Beatty Nancy Beatty ... Mrs. Orwin


Noted orchid fancier Nero Wolfe hosts a flower show at his New York brownstone. A beautiful but inebriated young woman desperately wants to speak to the busy host but is diverted to his office by Archie, who is doing security duty. She confesses to him that she's a grifter and has recognized the killer of murdered socialite Doris Hatten at the exhibition. Archie does not take her seriously as he leaves her to help the boss, but when he returns, he finds the attractive young woman bludgeoned and strangled to death in Nero's den. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Action | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

17 June 2001 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The opening sequence takes place directly after the opening sequence of the previous episode, with Archie summing up the previous episode's events for Wolfe's other employees over a poker game. See more »


At one point James Tolkan inexplicably dubs Beau Starr's voice for no apparent reason. See more »


Nero Wolfe: The police shall receive NO SANDWICHES!
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Zoot Suit Blues
Written by David Carbrera and Phil McArthur
KOK 2188:7
Opening sequence and card game
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The disguise needed help
21 September 2017 | by UnknownianSee all my reviews

I love this series. It outclasses any other TV mystery show by a wide margin. It is an extremely well done series which utilizes the ensemble cast system, with most of the troop playing in each episode, and everyone is a new character in each, except for the central characters.

However, this is my least favorite episode. Not for the original Rex Stout story, but for A&E's implementation of it. It all comes down to Debra Monk being the absolute worst woman in a man's disguise in cinema history. Her disguise is simply a fake mustache, men's clothing and a men's 50's fedora, and her imitation of a man's voice is laughable.

Still...it is a Nero Wolfe episode, and since everything else except the victim's description of her killer is up to par, it's still better than anything else TV had to offer at the beginning of the millennium....or since.

However the fact that Mr. Wolfe would ever have 200 people rummaging through his plant room, and at his invitation no less, is complete 'flummery'.

So, 7 out of 10 stars. My lowest Nero Wolfe rating ever.

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