A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2001–2002)

Champagne for One: Part 1 

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When Archie stands in for an acquaintance at a charity dance for unwed mothers, one of the mothers-to-be suddenly collapses and dies on the dance floor, an apparent suicide.


Timothy Hutton


Rex Stout (novel), Lee Goldberg (teleplay) | 1 more credit »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Hutton ... Archie Goodwin
Maury Chaykin ... Nero Wolfe
Bill Smitrovich ... Inspector Cramer
Colin Fox Colin Fox ... Fritz Brenner
James Tolkan ... Mr. Hackett
Marian Seldes ... Mrs. Louise Grantham Robilotti
Kari Matchett ... Celia Grantham
Conrad Dunn Conrad Dunn ... Saul Panzer
Nicky Guadagni ... Elaine Usher
Kathryn Zenna ... Helen Yarmis
Alex Poch-Goldin ... Edwin Laidlaw
Fulvio Cecere ... Fred Durkin
Trent McMullen Trent McMullen ... Orrie Cather
Robert Bockstael Robert Bockstael ... Paul Schuster
R.D. Reid R.D. Reid ... Sergeant Purley Stebbins


Mrs. Louise Robilotti, a well-meaning but judgmental socialite, hosts a charity dance where she tries to introduce four young women from a home for unwed mothers to prospective husbands. Although not the marrying kind, Archie agrees to fill in for a casual ne'er-do-well acquaintance complaining of a cold and proceeds to have a good time with the attractive women, the hostess' alcoholic daughter, and the free-flowing champagne. The evening suddenly comes to an abrupt end when one of the young women collapses and dies on the dance floor. Because the dead girl carried cyanide with her and openly talked about a death wish, suicide is initially suggested by Mrs. Robilotti who dreads the bad publicity a murder would bring. Along with Archie, Nero suspects that the death is indeed murder and together they expose the means, the motive, and the murderer. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Action | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

6 May 2001 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The positions of Mrs. Robilotti's arms change between shots in her first scene. See more »


Austin 'Dinky' Byne: To tell the truth, I'm in a bit of a mess myself, or I will be if you like to see me squirm.
Archie: Depends on what kind of squirmer you are.
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Jazz Suite No. 2 (Suite for Promenade Orchestra), VI - Waltz 2
Written by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performed by the Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest conducted by Riccardo Chailly
Amazon.com ASIN B0000041ZT
Opening sequence and recurring dance theme
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Excellent Adaptation
2 June 2001 | by kdm042See all my reviews

Congratulations to the Arts & Entertainment cable network for bringing Nero Wolfe to television! The series faithfully reproduces the sensibilities and characterizations of Rex Stout's novels. The folks behind this story ("Champagne for One") and all of the episodes aired to date have studied their source material well.

Performances in "Champagne for One" are excellent. I especially enjoyed the interplay between Archie Goodwin and the matron... She made me believe she hated him to the core of her being.

If you like Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe novel series, you owe it to yourself to watch this show!

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