Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 195 – Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe

Nero Wolfe Canadian Another look at Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe, but this time with a Canadian bent. Just where did the name Nero Wolfe come from and how does this Canadian production compare? This version stars Mavor Moore and Don Francks (l-r).

Music under is Art Tatum’s “Prisoner of Love”

15 Responses to Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 195 – Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe

  1. Dear Jim,
    I am glad to listen to more of our new podcasts and as always your entertaining and informative background on the shows, stars, or mystery writers. I have a possible suggestion for a new podcast on your Radio Detective Story Hour. I know you have already featured a number of podcasts centering on Sherlock Holmes and John Dickson Carr but I have a unique approach for this one. While Carr was known for creating locked room problems or impossible crimes he was also known for giving his work a Gothic touch that the supernatural is the primary cause of the crime but in the end it is more rational and the perpetraitor is done by humans as for example in the novel, the Burning Court which totally drips of macabre horror from the past. On the other hand, Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes also solved a number of adventures that featured the supernatural as the source of deadly misdoings including the Hound of the Baskervilles, the Sussex Vampire, and the Devil’s Foot. In these stories Holmes like Carr’s Dr. Fell debunks the case and through logic and rational deduction he manages to find that the villian is flesh and blood than by spritual means. In one story he makes a scoffing remark “The world is big enough for us, no ghosts need apply”. My idea is this, since next month on October is Halloween why not do a two-week podcast where you present two episodes-one featuring Sherlock Holmes and the other a Carr radio play on Suspense. For example, there is a 1948 Sherlock Holmes episode of the Sussex Vampire featuring John Stanley or there are some creepy episodes from 1945-1946 featuring Rathbone and Bruce including The Case of the Limping Ghost which deals with a haunted Scottish castle and a clanking ghost in a suit of armor walking the halls. Then there’s the Headless Monk which involves an leading expert on the supernatural who is stabbed to death in a haunted chapel in Cornwall and the suspect is the ghost of a murdered monk who appears at midnight and plays the organ. As for Carr’s Suspense plays most of them present a creepy story that deals with the occult auch as the Dead Sleep Lightly which you presented in a early podcast. He wrote others that any of them will work out fine. Like The Devil’s Saint which tells of a young man who will marry a nobleman’s niece if he can survive one night in a room where all those who sleep there dies. It stars Peter Lorre as Count Stefan Kohari. There is also Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble which is about a woman who is stabbed through the right eye and found in a box seat whille watching a performance of Macbeth (which is considered by theatre people as an unlucky play). The weird part of this problem is that the weapon is missing and the door was watched by two people plus the obvious fact there was a full house at the theatre. It stars Paul Lukas as the stage magician Ludwig von Arnheim-a character that appear in one of Carr’s early stories. The other radio play is called The Moment of Darkness which in my opinion one of Carr’s best. A man is stabbed during a seance and the others are all holding hands and the door was bolted and there are no windows. The plot of this play was used by him for the BBC in the play called The Black Minute. The CBS play is great because of the casting of Peter Lorre as the fake medium George Ravel and George Zucco as the lawyer Mr. Stevens who tries to prove Ravel is a fraud. The ending is a surprise at least to me. I strongly believe this would be perfect for an October podcast in order to show that Carr and Conan Doyle’s detectives solved mysteries that hinge on cases of supernatural horror. I hope you like my idea and that it might work out as a two-week podcast in the month of October. Please send reply as soon as possible as to whether you like it and can it work.

    Cameron

  2. Gail says:

    Just wondering if any new podcast are coming ? You do amazing work and it does not go unnoticed.
    Thank you,
    gail

  3. Cameron says:

    Dear Jim,
    I have a suggestion for a new podcast. A look at how two classic forms of detective writers-Arthur Conan Doyle and John Dickson Carr. Carr was famous for creating mysteries involving a crime where no one could have done it and one suspects that something supernatural is the cause. Some of Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories involved impossible crimes such as the Speckled Band, the Resident Patient, and the Empty House just to name a few. One particular Holmes radio play done on ABC in 1947 starring Tom Conway and Nigel Bruce and called Murder in the Locked Room. In the play a mystery writer for the Strand Magazine comes to Holmes to help figure out how a man was shot to death in a locked room Holmes figures out he is being hoodwinked by the writer later the writer himself is killed in the exact same manner like in his story. Holmes, Watson, and Inspector Lestrade must determine how the deed was done and which of the three members of his household did it. I thought you might be interested. Please send reply as soon as possible. Also I want to wish you a Merry Christmas.

  4. Cameron says:

    Dear Jim,
    I have a suggestion for a new podcast. A look at how two classic forms of detective writers-Arthur Conan Doyle and John Dickson Carr can go together. Carr was famous for creating mysteries involving a crime where no one could have done it and one suspects that something supernatural is the cause. Some of Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories involved impossible crimes such as the Speckled Band, the Resident Patient, and the Empty House just to name a few. One particular Holmes radio play done on ABC in 1947 starring Tom Conway and Nigel Bruce and called Murder in the Locked Room. In the play a mystery writer for the Strand Magazine comes to Holmes to help figure out how a man was shot to death in a locked room Holmes figures out he is being hoodwinked by the writer later the writer himself is killed in the exact same manner like in his story. Holmes, Watson, and Inspector Lestrade must determine how the deed was done and which of the three members of his household did it. I thought you might be interested. Please send reply as soon as possible. Also I want to wish you a Merry Christmas.

  5. Hear! Hear!

    Always look forward to your work.

    Thank you

  6. Bob Grasing says:

    Hope all is well? Miss your work especially your openings.

    Thank You
    Bob

  7. jwidner says:

    All is well, just very overwhelmed with my “real” job right now. Hopefully, things will let up after New Year.

  8. Hi Jim!

    I think we’ve all been there!

    I’m literally hip-deep in a project in lower Manhattan, recovering computer networks from the effects of Sandy.

    Wishing you and yours, a happy, healthy and less frenetic New Year!

    Bob

  9. Alex says:

    Glad you are OK and I hope you day job lightens up so you can get back to RDSH. I add my thanks and praise to the others who have posted here. You bring a lot of entertainment to many. My wife and I both enjoy you shows especially your opening remarks.

    Hope the new year is a happy one for you and your listeners.

  10. jwidner says:

    Hope to get back into things soon. Some upcoming life changes that should be for the better.

  11. Robert says:

    I would like also to say hope all is well with you jim have missed you great podcast hope to hear something soon.
    fondest regards Bob

  12. jwidner says:

    Thanks. Still trying to get back to it. Hopefully soon.

  13. Paul Duggan says:

    Hello Jim,
    I wanted to write to tell you how much I appreciate your work with this podcast. I am putting together a podcast for sci-fi, hopefully in the near future. I listen to you and get ideas for my work.
    Thank you,
    Paul

  14. jwidner says:

    Paul, let us know when you get that SF podcast up and running. I am equally a big SF on radio fan.

  15. jmackey says:

    Thank you so much for this podcast.
    A few days ago my browser refused to load the site and my heart sank, until I rebooted.

    I’ve worked my way from the first to episode94. i especially enjoy the behind the scenes clips with authors and actors.

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