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Dashiell Hammett was a human author of mystery and detective novels in the 20th century. (TOS novel: Planet of Judgment)

Hammett is best know for creating the character of private invstigator Sam Spade.

Zak Kebron was a fan of Hammett's work, having read many of his stories while attending Starfleet Academy. (NF novel: Stone and Anvil)

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Howard Handupme gets Hammett's name wrong
Nick and Nora Chicken on Sesame Street
Statler as Dashiell Chandler.

Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961), born Samuel Dashiell Hammett, was an American author whose name became synonymous with "hard-boiled" detective fiction. His best known creations were Sam Spade, the star of The Maltese Falcon, and Nick and Nora Charles from The Thin Man, all of whom gained greater fame through the many film and television adaptations and sequels.

The 1941 film of The Maltese Falcon starring Humphrey Bogart is the best known cinematic adaptation of Hammett (though it was actually the third version), while The Adventures of Sam Spade, Detective, with opriginal scripts, ran on radio from 1946 through 1951. The Thin Man meanwhile was opened out into six movies between 1934 and 1947, and a comparable radio series (1941-1950). Other media adaptations were based on Hammett's novel The Glass Key and works starring the author's more obscure sleuth, the Continental Op (renamed and reimagined for each adaptation). While in Hollywood, Hammett also scripted the 1943 drama Watch on the Rhine, netting an Academy Award nomination for best screenplay.

A strong anti-fascist but also a known member of the Communist Party, Hammett was blacklisted in the 1950s, leading to the demise of the radio shows based on his works. It was only a temporary setback, however, as Spade and Nick and Nora remain iconic pop culture figures today.


  • In The Muppet Show episode 414, which spoofs film noir in general, Liza Minnelli plays Liza O'Shaughnessy, a reference to Brigid O'Shaugnessy from The Maltese Falcon.
  • Dog City relied heavily on both the atmosphere of Hammett's work and on spoofing specific characters and books.
    • The premiere episode, "The Big Squeak" involved Kitty's desire for the Maltese Mouse. (The title was a reference to Raymond Chandler's novel The Big Sleep.)
    • Sam Spayed appeared as a take-off of Humphrey Bogart's portrayal of Sam Spade in "Old Dogs, New Tricks."
    • The second season episode "The Great Dane Curse" refers to and is loosely modeled after Hammett's novel The Dain Curse.
  • Hammett's husband and wife team of Nick and Nora Charles were spoofed in Sesame Street Episode 3129 as the brother and sister sleuths Nick Chicken (played by Kevin Kline) and his adopted sibling Nora (a red chicken).
  • In the second part of the Dinosaurs story "Nuts to War", Howard Handupme reads the surnames of individuals targeted for disagreeing with the government's war reports. In addition to the likes of Jane Fonda and Frank Zappa, the list mostly consists of people blacklisted during the McCarthy era, including Hammett (whose name is misspelled "Hammet") and Lillian Hellman, Hammett's lover.
  • Statler and Waldorf: From the Balcony episode 33 featured a film noir spoof, with Statler as Dashiell "Dash" Chandler, whose name is an amalgam of Chandler and Hammet, though the actual case is yet another Maltese Falcon take-off (with Sam the Eagle as the "falcon.") The Blimp appears as Casper Von Blimpman, a take-off of Casper "The Fat Man" Guttman from Falcon, but Statler refers to him as "The Thin Man," alluding to Hammet's other famous detective, Nick Charles.
  • An off-camera pig newscaster in the CG DVD production 3 Pigs and a Baby is named Dash Hammet, again misspelling the surname, and also functioning as a pork pun.


  • Peter Boyle played Jimmy Ryan in Hammett (1982, film)
  • David Canary played Jack Santos in The Dain Curse (1978, TV)
  • James Coburn played Hamilton Nash (based on the Continental Op) in The Dain Curse (1978, TV)
  • Bob Hope played himself in The Thin Man episode "The Lost Last Chapter" (1958, TV)
  • Samuel L. Jackson played Jack Friar (based on the Continental Op) in The House on Turk Street (200, film)
  • Don Rickles played Eddie in The Thin Man episode "The Cat Kicker" (1959, TV)
  • Hattie Winston played Minnie Hershey in The Dain Curse (1978, TV)
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