Nick and Nora Charles in THE THIN MAN were known for their frequent imbibing of cocktails. Made shortly after the end of Prohibition , “The Thin Man” made it clear that alcohol, all shapes and sizes, was on the legal market again after thirteen dry years.
In the 1980s, Dale DeGroff was the bar manager at the Rainbow Room restaurant in New York’s Rockefeller Center. He decided to put together a list of Classic and forgotten cocktails.
Searching a 1930s catalogue of a glass and silver house,Minners Design ( on Manhattan’s East Side), DeGroff found a small glass called ‘the little martini’. It was about a third of the size of the typical glass.
The company told DeGroff that molds would have to be made as the glasses were long out of production.
The Rainbow Room went ahead and brought in these smaller cocktail glasses and Dale DeGroff coined the name ”The Nick And Nora Glass” and that became the official name – and it is still sold today!
I wonder if today’s buyers of these glasses know why they are so called.
I caught up on You Tube with an early William Powell film, Warners’ PRIVATE DETECTIVE 62.(1933). Powell’s costar was Margaret Lindsay who came over well as a society lady who loves gambling – and usually wins.
The film has an odd ( and even unnecessary)beginning, with William Powell, in the diplomatic service, being deported from France and diving off a ship as it comes into New York.
After that he is in full private detective mode, hired to frame the lovely Ms Lindsay who is winning too much money from a gambling club.
The film’s director is Michael Curtiz, but it’s a fairly routine picture, only just over an hour in length. It wouldn’t be long before Powell joined MGM and became the famous ‘Nick Charles’.
The significance of the number 62 escapes me. Powell charms as always.
I must look out for Private Detective 62. Those 30s mysteries can be a lot of fun.
Another rare find on YT. Favourite character actress Ruth Donnelly has some good scenes.
And the William Powell film “Private Detective 62” is also available on a four-DVD set “William Powell at Warner Bros.” (Warner Archive) The other three pre-code films in this set are: “The Road to Singapore”, High Pressure” and “The Key”
Hi, Siriami, good to hear from you. That looks a good set, but it’s just over £40 on Amazon at the moment.
Found it on WowHD for around £24
That’s a much better price. Thanks for link.
Short article with some background https://thrillingdetective.com/2020/03/25/donald-free/
IMDb lists the working title as “Private Detective”.
Thanks for link.
Just watched Margaret Lindsay in a Perry Mason mystery Case Of The Curious Bride. Errol Flynn’s US debut in a brief flashback sequence. Warren William totally miscast as Perry playing as though he was in a farce. He also proposed to Della at the end!
I like Warren William. He plays Perry more like William Powell’s ‘Nick Charles’. The story was used in season two of the TV series.
Thanks. I have season 1 and 2 not sure if any more were issued on the UK
At the time I was told they had not sold well.
I love the background about the Nick and Nora — and I enjoyed reading about the obscure William Powell movie, which I am going to add to my watchlist! I can never see enough Margaret Lindsay, and Powell is always a treat.
Fascinating, isn’t it.
Beginning to think Margaret Lindsay should have been a bigger star.