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.

William Powell, Myrna Loy



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.


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  1. 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”

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

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