The adventures of Rex Stouts's "gargantuan gourmet" first came to radio over the New England Network beginning April 7, 1943 with J.B. Williams heard as the obese detective. The series moved onto the Blue Network on July 5, 1943 starring Santos Ortega and later Luis Van Rooten. Nero Wolfe solved crimes with an attention to detail that rivaled the great Sherlock Holmes, although the overweight detective physically resembled Holmes' obese older brother Mycroft. Wolfe refused to leave his elegant brownstone on business, sending his assistant Archie Goodwin out to do his legwork. Wolfe and Goodwin were resurrected in a 1945 Mutual offering starring Francis X. Bushman and Elliott Lewis. Sydney Greenstreet stepped into the role beginning October 20, 1950.
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