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Asta - Wire-haired terrier on the detective comedy THE THIN MAN/NBC/1957-59. Asta resides with Nick and Nora Charles (Peter Lawford & Phyllis Kirk), a pair of wealthy socialites who spent their spare time solving crimes with the assistance of Asta (who helped them sniff out the clues).

Phyllis Kirk, Peter Lawford and Asta from the 1950s TV series
Nora, Asta and Nick

The THIN MAN was based on a story by Dashiel Hammett. In the novel the dog was described as a schnauzer. In the movie version, Asta was played by Skippy who was trained by Rudd Weatherwax (died in 1985). Asta won the 1959 & 1960 PATSY Award (the Oscar of the animal world).

Myrna Loy, Asta and William Powell from the 1930s THIN MAN movies
Myrna Loy (Nora), Asta and William Powell (Nick)

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