The Thin Man (1957–1959)
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The Lost Last Chapter 

Writer Neil Jackson calls with the news that he has finished the last chapter of an overdue manuscript. Unfortunately, when Nick tracks Neil down, the writer has been murdered. It seems he ... See full summary »

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Nick Charles
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Nora Charles
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Writer Neil Jackson calls with the news that he has finished the last chapter of an overdue manuscript. Unfortunately, when Nick tracks Neil down, the writer has been murdered. It seems he based his chapter on an actual murder that is due to occur that night - but where?

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14 November 1958 (USA)  »

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Lost Television - Now Found
13 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

You may have seen "The Thin Man" movies of the 1930s, but THIS is the TV series of the 1950's, produced by MGM Television starting in 1958. Peter Lawford makes a pretty fair Nick Charles - not quite William Powell, but pretty fair. However, in my opinion, Phyllis Kirk is no Myrna Loy, who incidentally graduated high school just under 2 miles from where this review was written, and who made the "Thin Man" movies with William Powell less than ONE mile from here. Don't get me wrong - Ms. Kirk was quite capable as an actress, just not quite right for the role of Nora. The scripts for these shows aren't bad, Jack Albertson as the requisite Police Lieutenant is great (as he was in just about everything he ever did) and the Direction is rather interesting from show to show. This one was Directed by John Newland, the man who brought you "The Outer Limits" (after Rod Serling had such a big hit with "The Twilight Zone"). Be all that as it may, I've now seen three episodes of this series, and they really DO manage to have a bit of the "feel" of the original "Thin Man" theatricals. In this episode, Nick and Nora find themselves involved in the case of a publisher (played by Gavin McLeod). Naturally, where Nick and Nora are involved, murder ensues. I won't tell you who. But if you have access to "Get TV", SONY's 24/7 channel filled with old (mostly) Columbia movies and LOTS of old TV programs - this one is from 1958 and there are some interesting uncredited cameos, such as Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope. This review, such as it is, was written in October, 2016. And of course, there's no telling what SONY will do when they change their schedule. After all, they own pretty much ALL of MGM's old TV product, as you can easily find right here on IMDb. But if you find this review in time, and you're not doing anything in the dead of night (or there's space on your DVR), I highly recommend you check out this fun late '50s detective show.


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