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Charles, Nick and Nora. Nick and Nora Charles were created by Dashiell Hammett (Continental Op, Secret Agent X-9, Sam Spade) and appeared in one novel, two short stories, six films, three radio shows, and one television show from 1934 to 1959, beginning with The Thin Man. “Nick Charles” is actually Nicholas Charalambides, a former operative for the Trans-American Detective Agency. He met and fell in love with Nora Charles, a 26-year-old heiress, and they married. He moves in with her and stops being an official detective after she inherits a lumber mill, although he can’t help continuing to do unofficial detecting. They are a witty, alcoholic, greatly amusing pair, his cynicism being matched by her spirit of fun.

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