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Terrier best known for his Thin Man role
Film canine, "The Thin Man" dog; Film pooch; Hammett
hound; Nick and Nora's pooch; Cinema canine; Dog star; Clue
sniffer of fiction; Literary schnauzer
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Charles: [to Asta, as Nick and Asta are going out on a case] If
you let anything happen to him, you'll never wag that tail again.
(born Skippy) was a Wire-Haired Fox Terrier best known for his
acting work in the 1934 screwball comedy The Thin Man. He was
trained by Frank Weatherwax and owner Henry East. He later
appeared in The Awful Truth (as Mr. Smith), Bringing Up Baby (as
George, the bone hiding pup of Katharine Hepburn), and Topper
Takes A Trip (as Mr. Atlas). Due to the enormous popularity of
Asta, interest in pet terriers skyrocketed.
a character in the movie The Thin Man, Asta was the playful pet
dog of Nick and Nora Charles, tugging them around town on his
walks, hiding from danger, and sniffing out dead corpses. The
character later appeared in the sequels After the Thin Man,
Another Thin Man, Shadow of the Thin Man, The Thin Man Goes Home,
Song of the Thin Man, as well as the 1950s television show.
Although Skippy played Asta in the original film, it is believed
multiple terriers were used for the sequels, and he wasn't
involved in the television show.
the original character of Asta in Dashiell Hammett's book of the
The Thin Man was not a Wire-Haired Fox Terrier, but a Schnauzer.
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