The Thin Man - Fatal Cliche (1957)
A "Prince John Tuppence" and a "Teak Arrow"
This episode of the NBC television program "The Thin Man" shows a collection of coins,
and a discussion of fictional coins including a "Prince John Tuppence" and a "Teak Arrow".
Nick and Nora Charles are a sophisticated married couple living in a New York City apartment.
Nick had been a detective and Nora an heiress before they married and Nick is now "retired".
2. Nora and Nick Charles
The couple are visiting the Vandrey Modern Art Museum when businessman August Vandrey
asks them to recover a rare coin collection stolen from a safe.
3. Nick and Nora meet father, son, fiancee
Nora tries to pull Nick away but they stay.
supposedly "a commemorative struck off in the year 1215 for the signing of the Magna Carta".
"why not buttons, feathers?". August implies that he also disapproves of the son's "other hobbies",
meaning the blonde girlfriend.
4. Coin dealer
The dealer states that the Tuppence is extremely rare and would be hard to sell unless
the seller took it to Europe and claimed that "it had been dug out of the ground".
He estimates that the coin is worth $50,000, "a small piece of copper worth a big piece of change".
5. Stool pigeon
Angy tells Nick that the thief might be a safe cracker named Brown who has come into some money.
6. Coins on floor
The coins appear to be standard movie prop coins.
Brown took a coin, not the "Prince John dingus" but another coin, a "Teak Arrow",
"a clean specimen from the Mariana Islands, nineteenth century, not worth more than ten dollars".
7. Asta steals coin
Nora follows Asta and recovers the coin, which is made of bone.
The stolen teak coin is then found where the shooter dropped it.
could become interested in Nick.
stole the wrong coin.
8. Joan with gun
Nick uses the old ruse "the gun safety is on" to get the gun away from her.
as the stolen teak coin was originally worth five cents, hence it was a "wooden nickel".
Peter Lawford as Nick Charles
Phyllis Kirk as Nora Charles
Asta as Asta (The dog, a Wire Fox Terrier)
Morris Ankrum as August Vandrey
Penny Edwards as Joan Dalt
Percy Helton as Angy
Writers: Bruce Geller, Dean Riesner, Dwight Taylor
but he is not credited in television program.