Nero Wolfe (1982 radio series)

Nero Wolfe is a 1982 Canadian radio drama series adapted from the Nero Wolfe mysteries by Rex Stout. The series stars Mavor Moore as Nero Wolfe, and Don Francks as Wolfe's assistant Archie Goodwin. Thirteen hour-long episodes were presented by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Nero Wolfe
Other namesRex Stout's Nero Wolfe
GenreDetective mystery
Running time60 minutes
Country of originCanada
SyndicatesCanadian Broadcasting Corporation
Created byRex Stout
Written byRon Hartmann (adaptation)
Directed byRon Hartmann
Produced byRon Hartmann
Original releaseJanuary 16 –
April 10, 1982
No. of episodes13



In 1982, Canadian actor, producer, writer and cultural pioneer Mavor Moore starred as Nero Wolfe in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's 13-episode radio series Nero Wolfe, also known as Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe. Don Francks portrayed Wolfe's assistant and legman Archie Goodwin. The supporting cast included Cec Linder as Inspector Cramer,[1] Frank Perry as Fritz Brenner, and Alfie Scopp as Saul Panzer.[2]

Written, produced and directed by actor Ron Hartmann,[1] the series was praised for its high production values and accurate presentation of Stout's original stories.[3]

Fiona Reid, Jack Creley and Neil Munro were featured in the debut episode, "Disguise for Murder", broadcast January 16, 1982. Other repertory players in the series included Jackie Burroughs, Lally Cadeau, Jayne Eastwood, Brian George, Martha Gibson, Lynne Griffin, Barbara Hamilton, Patricia Hamilton, Helen Hughs, Charmion King, Budd Knapp, Maria Loma, Arch McDonnell, Meana E. Meana, Mary Peery, Eric Peterson, August Schellenberg, Ailine Seaton, Terry Tweed and Sandy Webster.[2]

The final episode, "Murder Is No Joke", aired April 10, 1982.[3] The series was released on audiocassette by Durkin Hayes Publishing (DH Audio).


# Date Program Source Notes
1 January 16, 1982 "Disguise for Murder" 1950 story [1][3]
2 January 23, 1982 "Before I Die" 1947 story [3]
3 January 30, 1982 "Counterfeit for Murder" 1961 story [3]
4 February 6, 1982 "The Cop Killer" 1951 story [3]
5 February 13, 1982 "Christmas Party" 1957 story [3]
6 February 20, 1982 "Cordially Invited to Meet Death" 1942 story [3]
7 February 27, 1982 "Man Alive" 1947 story [3]
8 March 6, 1982 "Instead of Evidence" 1946 story [3]
9 March 13, 1982 "Eeny Meeny Murder Mo" 1962 story [3]
10 March 20, 1982 "The Squirt and the Monkey" 1951 story [3]
11 March 27, 1982 "The Next Witness" 1955 story [3]
12 April 3, 1982 "Death of a Demon" 1955 story [3]
13 April 10, 1982 "Murder Is No Joke" 1958 story [3]

See also



  1. ^ a b c MacNiven, Elina (January 16, 1982). "Nero Wolfe: Wolfe's Verbal Coups Rendered on Radio". The Globe and Mail.
  2. ^ a b "Nero Wolfe & Archie Goodwin". The Thrilling Detective. Retrieved 2015-04-17.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "The Nero Wolfe Programs". The Digital Deli Too. Retrieved 2015-04-17.