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.

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)
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Television Appearances (Full listing with detail at:

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

  • Critic at Large, 1949, "Are Detective Stories Getting Better or Worse?"
  • Crawford Mystery Theatre,1951, "The Case of the Devil's Hand"
  • Omnibus, 1956 "The Fine Art of Murder" (ABC) with hosted Alistair Cooke
  • Odyssey, 1957 "The Baker Street Irregulars and Rex Stout"
  • Studio One, 1957 "First Prize for Murder" Based on an idea by John D. MacDonald (of Travis McGee fame, among many other books), adapted by Phil Reisman, Jr.
  • The Last Word, 1959, Cast: Bergen Evans (host), Rex Stout, editor Russell Lynes
  • Dick Cavett Show: 1959, guests include Rex Stout
  • Book Beat on Tour, 1973 "An Interview with Rex Stout," Robert Cromie interviews Rex Stout at his home, High Meadow.
  • "Westinghouse Studio One"

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

    TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://
    Internet Movie Database (
    UCLA Film and Television Archive

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

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

    Producer Gordon Duff
    Adapted by Phil Reisman Jr.
    Story by John D. MacDonald
    Directed by Louis G. Cowan


    Darren McGavin  ........ Johnny Quigg
    Barbara O'Neil ......... Mrs. Cory
    Jonathan Harris ......... Master of Ceremonies
    Philip Coolidge ......... Severns
    Colleen Dewhurst
    Larry Hagman
    Ross Martin
    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]

    From Classic TV Archives

    From TV GUIDE for "Odyssey" February 3, 1957, Sunday, 4:00 p.m., CBS

    "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.