Nick Charles, an ex-private detective, marries Nora and lives in a luxurious Park Avenue apartment in New York City. Nick's former underworld friends still hang around and get him involved ... See full summary »
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 Nick Charles (72 episodes, 1957-1959)
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Nick Charles, an ex-private detective, marries Nora and lives in a luxurious Park Avenue apartment in New York City. Nick's former underworld friends still hang around and get him involved in a number of crimes that he solves. Beatrice Dane is a beautiful con artist using the alias "Blondie Collins" and Nora finds it difficult to be hospitable to her. Written by J.E. McKillop <jmckillo@notes.cc.bellcore.com>

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20 September 1957 (USA)  »

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Ella, él y asta  »

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In the opening sequence when the credits run, Nick and Nora pull up with their dog Asta in an unusual very limited production car. It is an Italian bodied Dual Ghia with Chrysler underpinnings, frame, and engine. The sophisticated couple with their dog in tote going on adventures each week probably was at least in part an inspiration for the later day Hart to Hart (1979). The resemblance of Phyllis Kirk to Stefanie Powers and Peter Lawford to Robert Wagner seems more than a coincidence. See more »

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Charm of its leads
13 June 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

After Dear Phoebe left the air after one season, Joseph P. Kennedy was behind a second television show for his son-in-law Peter Lawford. The famous Thin Man series was adapted to a half hour television format and Lawford played Nick with Phyllis Kirk as Nora. Of course Asta was around as well. No children however for the Charles as were introduced in the six film series for MGM.

Lawford and Kirk were really up against it. William Powell had just retired and Myrna Loy was still active. People remembered the most famous screen couple ever created. Additionally and this is my own personal opinion, mysteries are no good in a half hour format, you need at least an hour to develop plot and alternative suspects.

Still The Thin Man on television was entertaining and got by on the charm of its leads.


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