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Nero Wolfe (1981)
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Before I Die 

A woman goes to see Wolfe and asks for his help. It seems like a known criminal hired her to pretend to be his daughter. She now wants out because one of the criminal's rivals grabbed her ... See full summary »

Director:

Edward M. Abroms

Writers:

Alfred Hayes, Rex Stout (novel)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
William Conrad ... Nero Wolfe
Lee Horsley Lee Horsley ... Archie Goodwin
George Voskovec ... Fritz Brenner
Robert Coote ... Theodore Horstmann
George Wyner ... Saul Panzer
Allan Miller ... Inspector Cramer
Ramon Bieri ... Leo Crown
Char Fontane Char Fontane ... Violet Crown
Tarah Nutter Tarah Nutter ... Elaine Page
John Ericson ... Arthur Poor
H.M. Wynant ... Eddie Meeker
Kale Browne ... Paul Shane
Eddie Fontaine Eddie Fontaine ... Harry Fabian
Russ Tamblyn ... Police Detective
Robert Sutton Robert Sutton ... Crown's Bodyguard
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Storyline

A woman goes to see Wolfe and asks for his help. It seems like a known criminal hired her to pretend to be his daughter. She now wants out because one of the criminal's rivals grabbed her to get to him. She thinks he's trying to keep her actual daughter safe. When he shows up asking her to go with him, Wolfe convinces him to let her go. He tells Archie to take her to a hotel and when they get there someone shoots her. Later the criminal wants to see Wolfe but before he could go in, he's shot too. Later the criminal's lawyer goes to see Wolfe who tells him that his client named him executor. And what he wants him to do is to take care of his daughter. The lawyer provides him with her address. He has Archie bring her to him. Later someone takes a shot at her but misses. Wolfe thinks it could be her father's rival or her father's confidant who is disgruntled that he wasn't left much. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Genres:

Drama | Mystery

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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1984 (Netherlands) See more »

Company Credits

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Paramount Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A Neat Little Mystery
19 February 2008 | by Sharclon8See all my reviews

I have now seen "Before I Die" done with both Nero Wolfe TV productions. The later one produced by Mr. Hutton in the 1990's and shown on A & E is more flippant but equally enjoyable as a mystery story. However, I like the actor that plays Archie in the 1981 series. Though he is drop dead gorgeous and boyishly charming, he still manages to imbue the character with some depth. I was impressed with his ability to convey kindness and tenderness when the occasion called for it. I like this mystery. One of the reasons is that the author offers a very good clue to the viewer. It can be frustrating to have the solution thrust upon one without so much as a hint, but this mystery plays fair, there is a very good hint.


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