Reel Infatuation Blogathon- Three Sexy Detectives

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When it was announced there was going to be a blogathon to gush about your on screen crushes, I was super excited- I have absolutely no shortage of them- the only problem was I had a hard time choosing who to write about. So many characters, so many actors who portray them. Initially, I wanted to write about my first on screen crush- (Uncle) Jesse Katsopolis (John Stamos) but I really wanted to focus on film crushes. So please note I could have written about lots of screen crushes and this is just a snippit of them.

After a deliberation, I decided to write about my on screen crushes for three very handsome, very sexy detectives! Mr. Nick Charles from The Thin Man films (played by William Powell) Mr. Mark McPherson from Laura (Dana Andrews) and Detective Inspector Jack Robinson from the TV series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (the amazing and devilishly handsome Mr. Nathan Page).

The first detective I have a crush on is Nick Charles. I first saw The Thin Man in 2014 and instantly fell in love with the film series! Nick Charles is a married and self proclaimed retired detective who loves three things- his dog Asta, martinis, and of course his loving wife, Nora. While Mr. Charles may be married it doesn’t stop me (and I’m sure a bunch of you) from having a crush on him. I mean lets be real- Nick Charles is husband material! He’s funny and has a great sense of humor, is playful with Nora, he’s a dog lover, can hold his alcohol like a gentlemen, has awesome Christmas parties (and dinner parties) AND he can solve murder mysteries– what gal doesn’t love all that! Plus- he’s stylish and suave!  And don’t even mention the way he dances —– SWOON!!!!


Up next- we have Mr. Mark McPherson, played by the super handsome Dana Andrews. (First viewing of Laura during TCM’s Summer of Darkness in 2015) For the record, let it be know that I could write up a whole post about Dana, as that’s how much I adore him. Dana Andrews is the perfect choice to play this character- and I just want to say that his face is perfectly sculpted by God to wear a fedora. Many can pull it off- and many actors from the golden age do- but few can actually *own it* like he does. What I love most about Mark McPherson is his willingness to protect Miss Laura Hunt- even when he thinks shes dead, even when he thinks she might be guilty- he stands by her and does everything in his power to clear her name- devotion at its finest. On the outside its clear Mark is a tough cop but when you look deeper hes really a softie- and isn’t that the best type? Too bad he only has one screen kiss in the film!

Last but by certainly no means least- I’m going to rant about my latest crush (crushing on him since May 2 2015) Detective Inspector Jack Robinson (Mr. Nathan Page) the leading man on the TV show Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries (Australian TV show that airs on the ABC in Australia. US viewers- Acorn TV or Netflix). I have a major crush on both the actor and the character but I will try to keep to the character for this post. However, I must write this- Jack’s potrayer Nathan Page is a wonderful actor, gentlemen and human being, and I have a lot of respect for him. He walked away from the professional world of cycling at age 19- one of his main reasons being he wanted to stay away from the drug culture associated with the sport (if he had kept going he wouldn’t have been able to do so)


Mr Nathan Page as Jack Robinson

Detective Inspector Jack Robinson is a middle class working man from Richmond, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, (Australia) He fought in WWI in France and was a newlywed when he went to war. Jack has an extremely high moral compass and never lets his personal feelings interfere with his work. Joining the police force young he had a head start and trained under his father in law George Sanderson. When Jack returned from war he was of course a changed man and as a result, separated from his wife soon after. He formally divorced Rosie Sanderson in late 1928, after 16 years of marriage (most of them in name only). What I love most about Jack Robinson (besides his looks) is that hes a complex man- someone who you really have to spend time with in order to get to know thoroughly. Hes devoted to his job and even though he feels he failed at his marriage- you would never guess it. He’s also able to suppress any feelings he has for the Hon. Miss Phryne Fisher – a hard thing for any man to do- but he does it perfectly.

With the woman who stole his heart.. Miss Phryne Fisher

In short Jack is a great character to get to know, and even after 34 episodes there’s still so much to learn about him. I speak for every Miss Fisher fan around the world when I say “I love Jack Robinson” and I hope he returns to all of our screens very soon.

And with that everyone, I thank you for reading this sampling of my screen crushes. So many more like Hal Carter (William Holden) in Picnic, or John Robie (Cary Grant) from To Catch a Thief, Killian Jones “Captain Hook” (Colin O’Donoghue) on Once Upon a Time, Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens)  and Tom Branson (Allen Leech) from Downton Abbey–  and don’t even get me started on girl crushes (the character of Miss Fisher herself, Dorothy Shaw (Jane Russell) in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Lisa Carol Freemont (Grace Kelly) in Rear Window the list goes on- but safe to say these three detectives are pretty high up on the list!

Try it,You’ll Like It- The Thin Man


Hello Classic (and even non classic) Film fans! This post is an entry for the “Try It, You’ll Like It” Blogathon (click here for more) hosted by Movies Silently and Sister Celluloid, as a way of introducing “gateway” films to people who don’t like classic film or for those who are new to the classic film world, a way to learn about “essential” classics.

My contribution for this Blogathon will be 1934’s famous MGM film The Thin Man starring William Powell and Myrna Loy; directed by Woody Van Dyke.


The Thin Man like many other movies is based off the popular book of the same name by Dashiell Hammett. William Powell plays the martini drinking and retired detective Mr. Nick Charles, and Myrna Loy plays his ever-so-clever socialite wife and wealthy heiress, Mrs. Nora Charles. The Charles’ also have wonderful and lovable white haired terrier named Asta (Skippy). In the original novel, the characters are slightly different, as novel Nick Charles is “fat” (not so with Mr. Powell), and the son of a Greek immigrant, while novel Asta is a female schnauzer.


The plot of this movie is still as fresh today as it was in 1934, and unlike the characters, it closely follows that of the novel: Nick Charles is a retired detective who is ready to settle down with his wife Nora. Travelling from their home in San Francisco to spend the Christmas season in New York, it isn’t long before Nick (at Nora’s urging) gets drawn back into the world of murder and mystery when his friend, inventor Clyde Wynant (it’s this character who is the titular “thin man”), mysteriously vanishes.

Filming The Thin Man created a very relaxed environment for all involved, and it was shot in just 12 days thanks to “One-Take Woody” as director. While the murder mystery is intriguing, everyone knows the real reason as to why The Thin Man is so appealing: the undeniable chemistry between Myrna Loy and William Powell. It was their second picture together after Manhattan Melodrama(1934), and they would go on to make 5 more Thin Man films, and also 6 other non-Thin Man films. Myrna Loy even made a cameo in Powell’s The Senator was Indiscreet. In the end, the pair made 14 movies together (including Myrna’s cameo) – a record that still stands to this day when it comes to screen pairings. On working with Ms. Loy, Mr. Powell remarked,

When we did a scene together, we forgot about technique, camera angles, and microphones. We weren’t acting. We were just two people in perfect harmony.”

For those who are not familiar with the picture, here is just a sample of the wonderful dialogue between the two. For those who are familiar, let’s just re-visit the reasons why we love Nick and Nora:

Nora Charles: Nick? Nicky?

Nick Charles: What?

Nora Charles: You asleep?

Nick Charles: Yes!

Nora Charles: Good. I want to talk to you.

and even


Nora Charles: Pretty girl.

Nick Charles: Yes. She’s a very nice type.

Nora Charles: You got types?

Nick Charles: Only you, darling. Lanky brunettes with wicked jaws.

And one of my favorites

Nora Charles: Take care of yourself

Nick Charles: Why, sure I will.

Nora Charles: Don’t say it like that! Say it as if you meant it!

Nick Charles: Well, I do believe the little woman cares.

Nora Charles: I don’t care! It’s just that I’m used to you, that’s all.

Even if you’re not interested in watching the other five films, (which you will be after watching the first, as it’s inevitable not to watch the others), The Thin Man remains one of the most popular and well beloved classics from the 30s. TCM will be airing all 6 films on New Year’s Eve (starting at 8pm EST), so if you’ve got time, sit down with a martini (or three) and tune in!!!!