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The Thin Man
A laugh tops every thrilling moment!
After a four year absence, one time detective Nick Charles returns to New York with his new wife Nora and their dog, Asta. Nick re-connects with many of his old cronies, several of whom are eccentric characters, to say the least. He's also approached by Dorothy Wynant whose inventor father Clyde Wynant is suspected of murdering her step-mother. Her father had left on a planned trip some months before and she has had no contact with him. Nick isn't all that keen on resuming his former profession but egged-on by wife Nora, who thinks this all very exciting, he agrees to help out. He solves the case, announcing the identity of the killer at a dinner party for all of the suspects.
Murder, romance, high society, disturbing levels of alcoholism, an abundance of dog reaction shots: this is cinema.
It might be impossible to hate this. It oozes charm. Actually, it must be possible to hate this, but you have to really, really hate this sort of charm. It's a bit boojy, so I get it, but man, they're such a charming pair. The plot, well, the plot is a bit... thin (I can't help myself), with its central mystery not being so much obvious as it is unimportant. The process of investigation isn't the focus so much as the fun had in investigating. There are crack jokes and dialogue, some fun visual moments, and a lot of great interplay between the Charleses. The humor is the focus. It's light, but it's not utterly insubstantial.
It's nice to see…
Takes it's time to introduce the plot and leads, but after Loy and Powell are introduced (in a wonderful scene) I'm hooked. A laid back detective mystery, where the journey is all the fun, and the reveal just another punch line. Hard to believe it's actually based on a Dashiell Hammett story. Still can't figure out what the title means...
In The Thin Man's world, no one but Nick and Nora, and the dog of course, know what the hell they're doing. I haven't seen a more incompetent group of people in my life. Still very funny to watch Powell run rings around them all, including the cops. The pre-code naughtiness is a treat as well.
Woody Van Dyke was…
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Based on the 1933 Redbook story by Dashiell Hammett, this crime comedy from director W.S. Van Dyke was the kick-off to a series of six "Thin Man" mysteries released between 1934 and 1947, They all star William Powell as the dapper, droll, semi-retired detective Nick Charles and Myrna Loy as his wealthy and witty wife Nora. The chemistry between the two is undeniable as they banter and treat the events around them with quasi-comic detachment, often with highballs in their hands.
Here, the case centers on an eccentric absent-minded scientist named Clyde Wynant (Edward Ellis), who disappears from his New York laboratory one day and hasn't been seen…
'The Thin Man' is a pre-code Hollywood mystery comedy if there ever were such a genre (I guess Blake Edward's Pink Panther films would classify surely). And you can certainly see it being before the Hayes code with its massive amount of alcohol consumption, a husband punching his wife in the face, a on screen murder and also many sexual innuendos towards the end. But I must say I liked the hell out of this movie and it genuinely surprised me.
This is the type of film that after immediately watching it and processing it I have the distinct feeling in my gut that I know for certain I will like it even more with a re-watch. I just literally…
I am taking a film class this semester. I needed to fulfill an elective requirement, and this certain class just so happened to be an option. Being a huge fan of movies, it was a no brainer for me to take. I'd certainly rater take this than a public speaking course. Anyway this movie was the first film we had to watch!
The Thin Man was a lot better than I expected it to be! I've never really any movies made before 1950. Yes, I know that's bad haha. This was pretty humorous and entertaining, so I cannot complain!
Delightfully funny and cleverly written, "The Thin Man" is a fast-paced adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's novel with perfect chemistry between William Powell and Myrna Loy.
Directed by the whirl-wind W.S. Van Dyke, the Dashiell Hammett detective novel took only 16 days to film, and the result was one of the most popular pictures of its era. New audiences aren't likely to find it as sparkling as the public did then, because new audiences aren't fed up, as that public was, with what the picture broke away from. It started a new cycle in screen entertainment (as well as a Thin Man series, and later, a TV series and countless TV imitations) by demonstrating that a murder mystery could also be a sophisticated screwball comedy. And it turned several decades of movies upside down by showing a suave man of the world (William Powell) who made…
The Thin Man is celluloid proof that you can go back 80 years and find yourself laughing out loud at sarcastic, fly-by writing more than much of today's comedy attempts. A kind of mystery movie with all the relevant components, the film serves well as a grounded crime flick, the characters retorting and quipping their through the complications - essentially William Powell, Myrna Loy and company wise-crack their way through a smart, slick screenplay. How many times have you heard an innuendo used from the word tabloids? Or responding to the serious question "Can't you tell us anything about the case?" with "Yes, it's putting me way behind in my drinking.". Well executed, and super-entertaining throughout. The murderer dinner party reveal is a perfect close. There's even a classic little dog thrown into the mix. A delight.
Never has drinking to excess looked so glamorous.
William Powell, you sardonic, doting, son of a gun.
Asta is the True Detective™
Setting an early high standard for comedy mysteries, The Thin Man is a wonderfully acted, cleverly scripted film that benefits from the talent of its cast, director, and their ability to generate both laughs and a genuinely intriguing mystery in unison.
There has never been, nor ever will be, a better on film married couple than these two.
Also the tabloids joke is endgame
Nick, Nora and Asta can seriously hang
Retired detective Nick Charles (William Powell) and his heiress wife Nora (Myrna Loy) are roped into investigating the disappearance of an inventor (the titular "thin man") and a number of murders ascribed to him.
One of my absolute favorite movies.
I love love Christmas and Christmas movies!!
Movies set at, around or a scene at Christmas.