Nick and Nora Charles

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Nick and Nora Charles are fictional characters created by Dashiell Hammett in his novel The Thin Man.wikipedia
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Dashiell Hammett

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Nick and Nora Charles are fictional characters created by Dashiell Hammett in his novel The Thin Man.
Among the enduring characters he created are Sam Spade (The Maltese Falcon), Nick and Nora Charles (The Thin Man), and the Continental Op (Red Harvest and The Dain Curse).

William Powell

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The film followed the plot of the novel quite closely, but the Nick Charles character, described in the book as overweight and out of shape, was portrayed by the slim William Powell.
A major star at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, he was paired with Myrna Loy in 14 films, including the Thin Man series based on the Nick and Nora Charles characters created by Dashiell Hammett.

Myrna Loy

Nora was portrayed by Myrna Loy.
She was originally typecast in exotic roles, often as a vamp or a woman of Asian descent, but her career prospects improved greatly following her portrayal of Nora Charles in The Thin Man (1934).

The Thin Man (film)

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The film adaptation of The Thin Man was a resounding success.
The film stars William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles; Nick is a hard-drinking, retired private detective, and Nora is a wealthy heiress.

Wire Fox Terrier

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In another departure from Hammett, the dog Asta—an integral character in both the book and movies—was a male wire fox terrier, rather than the novel's female schnauzer.
Asta, the canine member of the Charles family, was a wire fox terrier, and the popularity of the breed soared.

Another Thin Man

Another Thin Man (1939)
It again stars William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles, and is based on the writings of Dashiell Hammett.

After the Thin Man

After the Thin Man (1936)
The movie presents Powell and Loy as Dashiell Hammett's characters Nick and Nora Charles.

Shadow of the Thin Man

Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)
It stars William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles.

Les Damon

Radio: The popularity of the film series spawned a radio program based on them, The Adventures of the Thin Man. It successfully ran from 1941 to 1950, starring Claudia Morgan as Nora, with Les Damon, Les Tremayne, David Gothard and Joseph Curtin all giving voice to Nick, depending on the season.
Out of all his appearances on radio, Damon was best remembered for his roles as Nick Charles on The Adventures of the Thin Man from 1941-1943 and again from 1946-1950 on NBC then CBS and as Michael Waring on The Falcon from 1950-1953 on Mutual.

The Thin Man Goes Home

The Thin Man Goes Home (1945)
It is the fifth of the six Thin Man films starring William Powell and Myrna Loy as Dashiell Hammett's dapper ex-private detective Nick Charles and his wife Nora.

Song of the Thin Man

Song of the Thin Man (1947)
The sixth and final film in the Thin Man series, it stars William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles, characters created by Dashiell Hammett.

Claudia Morgan

Radio: The popularity of the film series spawned a radio program based on them, The Adventures of the Thin Man. It successfully ran from 1941 to 1950, starring Claudia Morgan as Nora, with Les Damon, Les Tremayne, David Gothard and Joseph Curtin all giving voice to Nick, depending on the season.
She was best known for debuting the role of Vera Claythorne in the first Broadway production of Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians and for her portrayal of Nora Charles on the 1940s radio series, The Adventures of the Thin Man.

Phyllis Kirk

Television (series): The Thin Man ran two seasons from 1957 to 1959 starring Peter Lawford and Phyllis Kirk as Nick and Nora. The series transplanted the couple to New York's Greenwich Village, updating the 1930s big band glamour to the 1950s beat generation. There were 72 episodes.
Her most notable television role was opposite Peter Lawford in The Thin Man (1957–1959), wherein they played Nick and Nora Charles.

The Thin Man (TV series)

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Television (series): The Thin Man ran two seasons from 1957 to 1959 starring Peter Lawford and Phyllis Kirk as Nick and Nora. The series transplanted the couple to New York's Greenwich Village, updating the 1930s big band glamour to the 1950s beat generation. There were 72 episodes.
The series starred Peter Lawford and Phyllis Kirk as Nick and Nora Charles.

Nick & Nora

Stage (musical): In 1991, a Broadway musical, Nick & Nora with a book by Arthur Laurents, lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr., and music by Charles Strouse was based on the characters. Barry Bostwick played Nick, Joanna Gleason played Nora. The chief innovation of this incarnation was to introduce strife and resentment into the relationship. After one of the longest preview periods in Broadway history, the show opened to poor reviews and closed after nine performances.
The plot involves witty and urbane high society couple Nick and Nora Charles, characters created by Dashiell Hammett in his novel The Thin Man, which inspired six films, a radio show, and a television series.

Murder by Death

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In 1976,characters Nick and Nora Charles were spoofed in the 1976 comedy film, Murder by Death. David Niven played detective Dick Charleston and Maggie Smith played his wife Dora Charleston.
The cast is an ensemble of British and American actors playing send-ups of well-known fictional sleuths, including Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Charlie Chan, Nick and Nora Charles, and Sam Spade.

The Thin Man

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Nick and Nora Charles are fictional characters created by Dashiell Hammett in his novel The Thin Man.

Archetype

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The tremendous popularity of the characters made them a media archetype, as the bantering, romantically involved detective duo has become a well-used trope in literature, stage, screen, and television ever since.

Trope (literature)

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The tremendous popularity of the characters made them a media archetype, as the bantering, romantically involved detective duo has become a well-used trope in literature, stage, screen, and television ever since.

Private investigator

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Nick is an alcoholic former private detective who retired when he married Nora, a wealthy Nob Hill heiress.

Nob Hill, San Francisco

Nob Hill
Nick is an alcoholic former private detective who retired when he married Nora, a wealthy Nob Hill heiress.

Lillian Hellman

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Hammett reportedly modeled Nora on his longtime partner Lillian Hellman, and the characters' boozy, flippant dialogue on their relationship.

Pinkerton (detective agency)

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(The novel also mentions that Nick was once a Pinkerton detective, as was Hammett.) The novel is considered one of the seminal texts of the hard-boiled subgenre of mystery novels, but the chief innovation distinguishing it from previous Hammett works such as The Maltese Falcon or The Glass Key was its relative lightness and humor.

The Maltese Falcon (novel)

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(The novel also mentions that Nick was once a Pinkerton detective, as was Hammett.) The novel is considered one of the seminal texts of the hard-boiled subgenre of mystery novels, but the chief innovation distinguishing it from previous Hammett works such as The Maltese Falcon or The Glass Key was its relative lightness and humor.

The Glass Key

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(The novel also mentions that Nick was once a Pinkerton detective, as was Hammett.) The novel is considered one of the seminal texts of the hard-boiled subgenre of mystery novels, but the chief innovation distinguishing it from previous Hammett works such as The Maltese Falcon or The Glass Key was its relative lightness and humor.