The Thin Man

NBC (ended 1959)


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The Thin Man

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Early television drama that was based on the 1934 movie of the same name, The Thin Man starred Peter Lawford in William Powell's big screen role of Nick Charles, an ex-private detective, who marries elitist Nora and lives in a luxurious Park Avenue apartment in New York City. Even though Nick had retired, his former underworld friends kept insisting on getting him involved in a number of crimes that he solves.
Phyllis Kirk, played Charles' wife Nora. The show was nominated for a prime time Emmy award.
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  • Peter Lawford as Nick Charles, Phyllis Kirk as Nora, and Asta as Asta.

    William Powell and Myrna Loy were big shoes to fill but Peter Lawford and Phyllis Kirk were great company. Peter played Nick Charles, a retired private detective who was now a book publisher. Nora was his rich wife. Lawford had a breezy, friendly quality and Kirk made Nora sweetly kooky and sexy. Reportedly Lawford didn't like Kirk, but on screen they made a fine couple. The first season they lived in a great New York City penthouse apartment and the second season they moved to a roomier townhouse in Greenwich Village that was also magnificent. Since this was the 1950's, they slept in separate beds even though they were married. A fine 30-minute comedy mystery about a married couple. Peter and Phyllis made a fine Nick and Nora.moreless
  • A Classic Program

    In every sense of the word the television series, The Thin Man, was a classic. It was only a half hour and mixed comedy with drama. The acting was superb (Peter Lawford was so debonaire and Phyllis Kirk was truly an underappreciated actress) and the stories were quite well written and paced.

    Question: Why isn't this out on DVD? Or TVLand? There are perhaps thousands of programs that the newer generations never saw. Why not re-broadcast some of them? Shows like this truly can stand the test of time.moreless