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Nick and Nora Charles are Hammett's most enchanting creations a rich glamorous couple who solve homicides in between wisecracks and martinis At once knowing and unabashedly romantic The Thin Man is a murder mystery that doubles as a sophisticated comedy of manners


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    We found a table Nora said She's prettyIf you like them like thatShe grinned at me You got types?Only you darling lanky brunettes with wicked jawsAnd how about the red head you wandered off with at Quinns' last night?That's silly I said She just wanted to show me some French etchings” It is almost impossible for me to separate the book from the movies When I decided to reread this classic that spawned six great movies Nick Charles was of course William Powell and Nora Charles was of course Myrna Loy Those actors are forever Nick and Nora for me The book is famous for the witty exchanges between Nora and Nick but the book is somewhat overshadowed by the wonderful repartee between Powell and Loy over the course of the six movies The scintillating amusing conversations are punctuated by Loy’s uptilted nose and impish smile and Powell’s infectious grin as he takes pleasure in toying with his wife’s state of mind We must not forget the Charles’s dog Asta ”That afternoon I took Asta for a walk explained to two people that she was a Schnauzer and not a cross between a Scottie and an Irish terrier” The dog Skippy who was cast in the movie was a Wire Fox Terrier I have a six month old Scottish Terrier whose name is Astra after the state motto of Kansas ad astra per aspera Astra in Latin means stars For those who know us and how much we love The Thin Man movies they always assume that it is also a nod to Astaand they would be right Asta doesn’t provide the comic relief in the book that he does in the movie but he is a presence for most of the book There are usually some light hearted moments with Asta in every movie where they are chasing him around the room trying to retrieve a vital clue from between his jaws or other scenes where he is just doing something terminally adorable that brings a bit lightheartedness to the script Dashiell Hammett based the Charles’s off his own tempestuous on again and off again relationship with Lillian Hellman From what I’ve read he definitely must have focused on the sunnier side of the relationship because one of the most enjoyable things about this dynamic couple is their friendly jocular interactions highlighted with the rich overtones of how much they admire and like one another Hellman and Hammett fought like Siamese Fighting Fish The fights that Nick and Nora get into are playful funny and foreplay that provides Nick with an opportunity to grab Nora and plant a kiss on her that will shake her fillings There really aren’t a lot of happy married couples in noir literature Hardboiled mystery writers seem to focus on characters as singular individuals They are usually divorced or single and if they are married they certainly aren’t happily married Nick and Nora are best together and as the investigation in the story moves forward they seem a bit unmoored when they are apart They drink heavily mirroring the Hellman and Hammett relationship in that aspect ”She sat on the sofa beside me ‘Now out with it If you skip a single word I’ll ’‘I’d have to have a drink before I could do any talking’She cursed me and brought me a drink”Nick doesn’t want to investigate crime He is perfectly happy spending his days drinking martinis and looking after Nora’s money but Nora is obsessed with his previous life as a private investigator and certainly has a rosy unrealistic view of the profession So the way the stories go in the book and the movies is that invariably Nora drags Nick into an investigation He reluctantly agrees to see what he can do which is to cleverly solve the crime and wrap up the criminals for the bungling cops to haul off to jail In this book he is investigating the murder of a mistress of the mad scientist Clyde Wynant and in the course of his investigation he and Nora have to contend with the whole Wynant clan each as loony as the next The ex wife Mimi is a real piece of work a combination of curves and cunning She tries to use both assets on Nick and needless to say things get out of hand ”’Tell me something Nick Tell me the truth when you were wrestling with Mimi didn’t you have an erection?’‘Oh a little’She laughed and got up from the floor ‘If you aren’t a disgusting old lecher’ she said”Did she just say erection? My my goodness sakes Nora Do you kiss Nick with that mouth? Why yes she does If you take a drink every time Nick orders an alcoholic beverage you will be plowed by the time you get 30 pages into the book or thirty minutes into the movie The heavy drinking in this book and the movies might be than a hint to Dashiell Hammett’s own struggle with alcohol It might also be the key to why he stuck with Hellman so long She was a heavy drinker too and as happens sometimes couples bond over drinking Their drinking escalates with dual encouragement and they become caught in a cycle of maladaptive drinking I certainly can feel jealous of Nick and Nora’s lifestyle They can leave a city at the drop of the hat and go to any other city in the world Money is not an issue and time is something they have in abundance They are about as free as two people can ever hope to be Oh and they are hopelessly head over heels in love with one another Freedom plenty of money and someone who loves us what could anyone wish for? I highly recommend the book and the movies paired with a few vodka martinis shaken not stirred If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at