Friday, January 17, 2020

Forgotten TV: NERO WOLFE Pilot with William Shatner as Archie (1959)



Yep, here's the 28-year-old future Star Trekker, with Kurt Kasznar as Wolfe. Legend has it that more than one episode of this unsold series was filmed. So what happened to the rest?

4 comments:

Speaking Freely said...

Shatner is about the last person in the world that I think of as Archie.

Art Scott said...

Actually doesn't look that bad. Archie drinking milk, Wolfe beer, with a head & licking his lips. The tall pilsner glass looks odd, maybe because I don't recall any book cover/mag illustrator using one. The Fifties were big for pilsner glasses in beer adverts, which probably explains it. I don't believe the style of beer glass was ever specified in the books. Illustrators liked mugs & goblets; I disliked the steins with lids - Wolfe would consider the lids as useless encumbrances; besides, he hated Germans.

Cap'n Bob said...

I liked it, and it was an interesting take having Wolfe speak with an accent. He didn't look fat enough, though.

Todd Mason said...

I agree...Kasnar far too slender. Of course, he'd have his own, more bubblegum, sf series not too long after ST, with LAND OF THE GIANTS.