Parties for Death

  • by Rex Stout
  • Narrated by Sydney Greenstreet, Wally Maher, Herb Ellis, Larry Dobkin, Gerald Mohr, Harry Bartell
  • 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

Nero Wolfe is "a gourmet who never walks when he can sit and never sits when he can lie down." Join Rex Stout's reclusive, overweight, orchid-loving super sleuth as masterfully portrayed by Sydney Greenstreet in this exciting radio series. Ever in search of a perfect meal and a cold bottle of beer, Wolfe often sends Archie Goodwin, his secretary and operative (played by Wally Maher, Herb Ellis, Larry Dobkin, Gerald Mohr, and Harry Bartell), in his stead. Archie, while trying to keep his well-known weakness for red heads in check, follows up on leads and does the leg work, setting up his brilliant boss to solve the case. Learn the logic of this armchair detective extraordinaire as he presides over 18 digitally remastered cases of treasure maps and love triangles, carelessness and con artists, bad business and bad medicine.
Episodes Include: "Stamped for Murder" 10-20-50, "The Case of the Dear Dead Lady" 11-03-50, "The Case of the Careless Cleaner" 11-17-50, "The Case of the Beautiful Archer" 11-24-50, "The Case of the Brave Rabbit" (a.k.a. "The Case of the Friendly Rabbit") 12-01-50, "The Case of the Slaughtered Santas" 12-22-50, "The Case of the Calculated Risk" 01-19-51, "The Case of the Phantom Fingers" 01-26-51, "The Case of the Vanishing Shells" 02-02-51, "The Party for Death" 02-16-51, "The Case of the Malevolent Medic" 02-23-51, "The Case of the Hasty Will" 03-02-51, "The Case of the Final Page" 03-23-51, "The Case of the Tell-Tale Ribbon" 03-30-51, "A Slight Case of Perjury" 04-06-51, "The Case of the Lost Heir" 04-20-51, "The Case of the Room" 304 04-27-51, "Screen Guild Theatre: The Mask of Demetrios" 04-16-45.

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An unexpected, pleasurable surprise

I felt like I was taking a risk buying this recording, but it certainly paid off. The fact that it's the original recordings (or 'transcribed' they call it) gives them a certain atmosphere that helps you to really see the characters, to understand their motivations and attitudes. I don't think you get this so much with modern dramatisations, where there often seems to be a sense of 'tongue in cheek' to the performances.
Some if the stories are, to be honest, ridiculous and contrived. I expect this is down to the fact that it was a weekly radio drama and there are only a limited number of plots to go around! However, in spite of this there's much to keep the listener interested.
I'd recommend this to anyone who appreciates delving into the past, you'll discover a long-forgotten gem from the tail end of the golden age of radio.
On a practical note, for the price you get an awful lot of listening! Enjoy!
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- Dawn

America's greatest detective

a fantastic collection of Nero Wolfe radio plays. Sydney Greenstreet is wonderful as Wolfe and the stories are filled with wit and excitement. if you are looking for deep and complex mysteries this is not for you but as 16 half hour mini mysteries they are highly entertaining. well cast, well written and well worth a listen
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- Mr

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-06-2013
  • Publisher: Radio Spirits