The Adventures of the Thin Man

The Adventures of the Thin Man radio series, initially starring Les Damon, was broadcast on all four major radio networks during the years 1941 to 1950. Claudia Morgan had the female lead role of Nora Charles[1] throughout the program's entire nine-year run. The radio series was modeled after the film series which was based on the 1934 Dashiell Hammett novel.

The Adventures of the Thin Man
Les Tremayne
Other namesThe Thin Man
GenreComedy thriller
Running time30 minutes
Country of originUnited States
TV adaptationsThe Thin Man
StarringLes Damon
Les Tremayne
David Gothard
Joseph Curtin
Claudia Morgan
AnnouncerEd Herlihy
Nelson Case
Glenn Riggs
Tom Shirley
Ron Rawson
Jimmy Wallington
Joe Weeks
Ted Pearson
Dwight Weist
Created byDashiell Hammett
Written byRuth Hawkins
Denis Green
Milton Lewis
Louis Vittes
Robert Newsom
Eugene Wang
Directed byHiman Brown
Produced byHiman Brown
Original releaseJuly 2, 1941 – September 1, 1950
Sponsored bySanka Coffee

The first series, sponsored by Woodbury Soap Company, aired on NBC Wednesdays at 8pm from July 2, 1941 to December 23, 1942. Les Damon portrayed detective Nick Charles, and he continued in the role into 1943.

Sponsored by General Foods (Post Toasties, Maxwell House Coffee, Sanka), the next series began on CBS January 8, 1943, airing on Fridays at 8:30pm and some Sunday timeslots and continuing until December 26, 1947. Les Tremayne and David Gothard were heard as Nick Charles in 1944-45, with Tremayne still in the role in 1945-46. Les Damon returned as Nick in 1946-47, with Tremayne back in 1948-49 (sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon beer during the summer of '48). The last actor to do the part was Joseph Curtin in 1950.[2]

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  1. "'Adventures of the Thin Man' Added to Friday Listings". Pennsylvania, Harrisburg. Harrisburg Telegraph. January 2, 1943. p. 15. Retrieved January 14, 2016 via
  2. Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio (Revised ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. p. 15. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. Retrieved 2019-09-03.
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