Rex Stout's wide media coverage is only partially documented. Below are is a sampling of that coverage; be sure to take a few minutes to peruse these insights into Rex Stout, author and man of many interests:


Print Interviews


Writings about Stout's Writings (paens to Stout's Wolfe corpus)


Radio Shows

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Invitation to Learning (CBS)

In late January 1942 Rex Stout joined Jacques Barzun and Elmer Davis in a discussion of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes on Mark Van Doren's popular CBS radio show, Invitation to Learning. Van Doren included a transcript in his 1942 book, The New Invitation to Learning: The Essence of the Great Books of All Times, published by Random House.[8]

Audio recordingsInformation Please Rex Stout as a radio show guest contestant (click a link below to listen to the broadcast):


Audio recordingsRex Stout on WNYC Radio (NYC's National Public Radio station)
Click a link below to listen to either of his live broadcasts:


Television Appearances

Read John J. McAleer's article regarding Rex Stout and the Media from Rex Stout Journal, Number Five — Autumn 1986/1988

  • Dick Cavett Show (1968-1975)
    Season 3, Episode 43: September 2, 1969
    _09_02_Dick_Cavett Season 3 Ep 43
  • Omnibus, "The Fine Art of Murder" (ABC)
    Rex Stout appeared in the December 9, 1956, episode of Omnibus, a cultural anthology series that epitomized the golden age of television. Hosted by Alistair Cooke, "The Fine Art of Murder" was a 40-minute segment described by Time magazine as "a homicide as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Allan Poe [and] Rex Stout would variously present it."

    The author is credited as appearing along with Gene Reynolds (Archie Goodwin), Robert Echols (Nero Wolfe), James Daly (narrator), Jack Sydow, Truman Smith and Dennis Hoey (Arthur Conan Doyle).

    The first segment "The Fine Art of Murder" is a dramatization of a murder but not its solution. Solving it is up to a trio of famous detectives in this masterful whodunit.

    Written by Sidney Carroll and directed by Paul Bogart, "The Fine Art of Murder" is in the collection of the Library of Congress (VBE 2397-2398).
  • Book Beat, "An Interview with Rex Stout,"
    On April 24, 1973 (Stout: an Annotated Primary and Secondary Bibliography) Robert Cromie interviewed Rex Stout at his home, High Meadow. The interview was telecast on November 1, 1973 on WTTW (Chicago's Educational Television, CETV, which later joined PBS).
  • "First Prize of Murder" (Studio One episode)
    Broadcast on September 16, 1957 as an episode of the anthology series Studio One. Based on an idea by John D. MacDonald (of Travis McGee fame, among many other books), adapted by Phil Reisman, Jr.

    Starring Darren McGavin, Philip Coolidge, Barbara O'Neil, Ross Martin, Colleen Dewhurst, Jonathan Harris, Larry Hagman and Peter Falk. Featuring (as themselves) mystery writers Rex Stout, Brett Halliday, Frances & Richard Lockridge, Georges Simenon and George Harmon Coxe.

    From Classic TV Archives:

    "Westinghouse Studio One"

     Season 10 (CBS) (1957-58) 
    Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
    with contributions by:  Rina Fox

    References:
    TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
    Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
    UCLA Film and Television Archive

    ********* Westinghouse Studio One *********
    ********* season 10 1957-58 *********
    ********* (final season) *********

      CBS Mondays 10:00-11:00pm Eastern (weekly)
    10.02 [--]

    Studio One: FIRST PRIZE FOR MURDER
    16-Sep-1957
    Producer Gordon Duff
    Adapted by Phil Reisman Jr.
    Story by John D. MacDonald
    Directed by Louis G. Cowan

    Starring

    Darren McGavin  ........ Johnny Quigg
    Barbara O'Neil ......... Mrs. Cory
    Jonathan Harris ......... Master of Ceremonies
    Philip Coolidge ......... Severns
    Colleen Dewhurst
    Larry Hagman
    Ross Martin
    Synopsis:
    Agent Quigg is on assignment at the Mystery Writers of America Award presentation.
     He's searching for an elusive writer who is the prime suspect in a murder investigation. [RF]


  • Odyssey, "The Baker Street Irregulars and Rex Stout"
    The TV Guide for February 3,1957 describes an "Odyssey" program that aired at Sunday at 4:00 p.m. on CBS that would interest Sherlockians as well as Wolfeans.:

    "All of today's show is devoted to Sherlock Holmes. Though most people regard Holmes as a merely fictional detective, the creation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the Baker Street Irregulars look at things differently. It's a dogma of the Irregulars that Holmes was, in fact is, a real person, that furthermore Dr. Watson was his actual chronicler, and that Conan Doyle simply acted as an agent for Watson. Today's 'Odyssey' program opens with a film of the annual meeting of the Irregulars in New York City last month where Holmes's 103rd birthday was toasted.

    "The climax of this meeting comes in a speech by mystery writer Rex Stout, creator of Nero Wolfe. Stout 'reveals' his discovery that an affair of the heart actually took Holmes to New York City during the 1890s and that it was in Brooklyn, not in London, that Holmes studied his celebrated case of 'The Red Headed League.' The one hour program concludes with a full-length live dramatization of this case as it 'actually' took place on this side of the Atlantic.

    "Aiding Stout in digging up the facts about Holmes's clandestine visit to our shores are three Irregulars: Dr. Richard Hoffmann, New York psychiatrist; Edgar Smith, retired auto-company executive; and Red Smith, syndicated sports columnist.

    "To enhance the 1890s atmosphere there will be films of little-known still photographs of the New York of the day and of the city's police force, to which Holmes gave his help in solving the 'crime.' David Eban wrote today's script. Charles Collingwood is host."

    TV Guide concluded the entry with the cast. Holmes was played by Michael Clarke Laurence. Wilson by Donald Marye. Harry Gresham portrayed the remaining member of the three-man cast, Hargreave. Charles Collingwood hosted the series.