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The Thin Man was a half-hour weekly television series based on the mystery novel The Thin Man (1933) by Dashiell Hammett. The 72 episodes were produced by MGM Television and broadcast by NBC for two seasons from 1957–1959 on Friday evening.[1] It was the first TV series produced by MGM.[2]

The Thin Man
Phyllis Kirk Asta Peter Lawford The Thin Man.jpg
Phyllis Kirk, Peter Lawford,
and Asta the dog, 1957.
GenreComedy
Drama
Based onThe Thin Man
by Dashiell Hammett
Written byBen Starr
StarringPeter Lawford
Phyllis Kirk
Theme music composerJohnny Green Season 1
Pete Rugolo Season 2
Country of originUSA
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes72
Production
Running time1/2 hour (25:33 minutes)
Production company(s)Clarington Productions
MGM Television
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 20, 1957 –
August 28, 1959

Contents

OverviewEdit

The series starred Peter Lawford and Phyllis Kirk as Nick and Nora Charles. The dog, Asta, was played by three identical wire-hair terriers.[2] Jack Albertson, Patricia Donahue, and Nita Talbot had recurring roles during the show's second season. Albertson played Lieutenant Harry Evans of the New York Police Department. Donahue played Hazel, Nick and Nora's neighbor. Talbot played Beatrice Dane, alias Blondie Collins, a criminal who dragged Nick and Nora into her schemes. Both Hazel and Beatrice made attempts to seduce Nick. Nora's jealousy fueled her sarcasm on these occasions.

A newspaper columnist wrote that Nora Charles' role was different from that of other female leads in detective programs on television. Kirk commented:

We were the first of the sophisticated detective dramas, and from the scripts it was simple to see that the part of Nora Charles was that of a leading lady who made more than token appearances. Since then some of the new shows just use girls as part of the scenery.[3]

Among the series guest stars was Billy Gray, who appeared at the same time he was cast as James "Bud" Anderson, Jr., in Father Knows Best. Ann McCrea was cast as Billie in the 1958 episode, "The Lost Last Chapter". Of note is the "guest star" in the episode "Robot Client", none other than the original Robby the Robot from the 1956 film Forbidden Planet.

Ben Starr was the program's writer; Sam Marx was the executive producer.[2]

The series began airing on Sony's getTV in March 2016.

Episode listEdit

Season 1: 1957–58Edit

Ep Title Original air date
11"The Dollar Doodle"September 20, 1957 (1957-09-20)
22"Duke of Sing Sing"September 27, 1957 (1957-09-27)
33"The Angel Biz"October 4, 1957 (1957-10-04)
44"Come Back Darling Asta"October 11, 1957 (1957-10-11)
55"Paris Pendant"October 18, 1957 (1957-10-18)
66"That's the Spirit"October 25, 1957 (1957-10-25)
77"Acrostic Murder"November 1, 1957 (1957-11-01)
88"Dead Duck"November 8, 1957 (1957-11-08)
99"Fatal Cliche"November 15, 1957 (1957-11-15)
1010"Ring Around Rosie"November 22, 1957 (1957-11-22)
1111"Angels in Paradise"November 29, 1957 (1957-11-29)
1212"The Fashion Showdown"December 6, 1957 (1957-12-06)
1313"Dead Giveaway"December 13, 1957 (1957-12-13)
1414"Unwelcome Alibi"December 27, 1957 (1957-12-27)
1515"Asta Day"January 3, 1958 (1958-01-03)
1616"The Scene Stealer"January 10, 1958 (1958-01-10)
1717"Damone Dilemma"January 17, 1958 (1958-01-17)
1818"Unlucky Lucky Number"January 24, 1958 (1958-01-24)
1919"Man on the Bridge"January 31, 1958 (1958-01-31)
2020"Pre-Incan Caper"February 7, 1958 (1958-02-07)
2121"Murder Is Where You Find It"February 14, 1958 (1958-02-14)
2222"Ship Shakedown"February 21, 1958 (1958-02-21)
2323"Robot Client"February 28, 1958 (1958-02-28)
2424"The Mystery of the Missing Murders"March 7, 1958 (1958-03-07)
2525"Double Jeopardy"March 14, 1958 (1958-03-14)
2626"Bookworms"March 21, 1958 (1958-03-21)
2727"Jittery Juror"March 28, 1958 (1958-03-28)
2828"The Departed Doctor"April 4, 1958 (1958-04-04)
2929"The Tennis Champ"April 11, 1958 (1958-04-11)
3030"The Delinquent"April 18, 1958 (1958-04-18)
3131"The Painted Witnesses"May 2, 1958 (1958-05-02)
3232"The Saucer People"May 9, 1958 (1958-05-09)
3333"The Carstadt Man"May 16, 1958 (1958-05-16)
3434"The Art of Murder"May 23, 1958 (1958-05-23)
3535"Kappa Kappa Kaper"May 30, 1958 (1958-05-30)
3636"The Valley Forger"June 6, 1958 (1958-06-06)
3737"The Screaming Doll"June 13, 1958 (1958-06-13)

Season 2: 1958–59Edit

Ep Title Original air date
381"Scene of the Crime"October 24, 1958 (1958-10-24)
392"Housewarming"October 31, 1958 (1958-10-31)
403"Pack My Gat, Beulah"November 7, 1958 (1958-11-07)
414"Lost Last Chapter"November 14, 1958 (1958-11-14)
425"I Loathe You, Darling"November 21, 1958 (1958-11-21)
436"Human Bomb"November 28, 1958 (1958-11-28)
447"Plague of Pigeons"December 5, 1958 (1958-12-05)
458"Design for Murder"December 12, 1958 (1958-12-12)
469"Murder in Mink"December 19, 1958 (1958-12-19)
4710"Lady on the Lam"December 26, 1958 (1958-12-26)
4811"Beauty and the Bath"January 2, 1959 (1959-01-02)
4912"The Case of the Baggy Pants"January 9, 1959 (1959-01-09)
5013"Maine Thing"January 23, 1959 (1959-01-23)
5114"Outrageous"January 30, 1959 (1959-01-30)
5215"The Big Holdout"February 6, 1959 (1959-02-06)
5316"Perfect Servant"February 13, 1959 (1959-02-13)
5417"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Morgue"February 20, 1959 (1959-02-20)
5518"Black Wind and Lightning"February 27, 1959 (1959-02-27)
5619"Holiday for Hazel"March 6, 1959 (1959-03-06)
5720"Lady Frankenstein"March 13, 1959 (1959-03-13)
5821"Mayhem to Music"March 20, 1959 (1959-03-20)
5922"La Sabre Invecta Est?"March 27, 1959 (1959-03-27)
6023"Gory Road"April 3, 1959 (1959-04-03)
6124"Anonymity Anyone?"April 10, 1959 (1959-04-10)
6225"That's Gratitude"April 17, 1959 (1959-04-17)
6326"The Cat Kicker"April 24, 1959 (1959-04-24)
6427"Bronze Bonze"May 1, 1959 (1959-05-01)
6528"Requiem for a Recluse"May 8, 1959 (1959-05-08)
6629"Nora Goes Over the Wall"May 15, 1959 (1959-05-15)
6730"Hamilton Hollered Help"May 22, 1959 (1959-05-22)
6831"Dear Dead Days"May 29, 1959 (1959-05-29)
6932"Cold Cargo"June 12, 1959 (1959-06-12)
7033"Bat McKidderick Esq."June 12, 1959 (1959-06-12)
7134"Cherchez La Sexpot"June 19, 1959 (1959-06-19)
7235"Paradise Discovered"June 26, 1959 (1959-06-26)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Classic TV Archives: The Thin Man, accessed October 6, 2016
  2. ^ a b c "Hollywood Today". Eureka Humboldt Standard. July 3, 1957. p. 2. Retrieved April 13, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  
  3. ^ Scott, Vernon (April 24, 1959). "Phylliss Kirk's Brain Power Keeps Her Flying on Series". The Daily Inter Lake. p. 10. Retrieved April 13, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  

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