Cinema: The New Pictures: Jul. 27, 1936

Meet Nero Wolfe (Columbia). If Author Rex Stout had determined not to let the cinema reproduce any of his American Magazine detective stories he could scarcely have invented a better hero than Nero Wolfe. Wolfe is so sedentary that he never ventures outdoors. His only hobby is growing orchids. Beer-guzzling has given him an enormous paunch. Thus deprived of action and sex appeal, Meet Nero Wolfe overcomes its handicaps surprisingly well, thanks to an effective performance by Edward Arnold and to the presence of Lionel Stander as Wolfe's dazed but tireless assistant.


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