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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…
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!
'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…
Is there a more ideal wife than Myrna Loy's Nora? She's so completely unruffled, as she spends the whole movie being teasingly, wittily accepting. I'm thumbing through the book, because I want to know, is it Loy, or is it Hammett creating this fantasy woman? Haha! "Tell me something, Nick, when you were wrestling with Mimi, didn't you..." She laughed, "If you aren't a disgusting old lecher." It's Hammett! But! I see Loy in the pages, so it's her too!
Oh yeah, there's intrigue and a mystery going on all around her, but she's got my undivided attention.
Strong murder mystery with all the fun tropes; made even more fun by its hilarious and endearing stars. Guest-starring Jane from Tarzan, and the Joker.
Very fun detective film! Less noir-y than I expected it to be which was nice. Wasn't in the mood for cynicism. The younger brother character was REALLY weird and the actor made awkward choices but Nick and Nora were THE BEST. It's rare to see couples in old timey movies that are so cute and equal :D Also, the ending dinner scene was genius.
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What is the originator of the Summation Gathering trope where the detective gathers together all the suspects and then gradually lays out the case, culminating in the reveal of the murderer? I'm certain it precedes this film, which, I'm pleased to say, uses a fine version of the setup for its finale. I was going to be upset if they refused to conclude thusly, as the mystery itself is somewhat hard to follow with all the names and faces and minor characters.
Thankfully at the center of all this madness is Nick and Nora Charles (so that's where that comes from), a retired detective and his wealthy socialite wife. All the best parts of the…
Alcoholism: A Love Story
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Showing it to The Wife.
A definite precursor to the impending film noir genre (the fact that it's based on a Dashiell Hammett novel alone sends that message home), The Thin Man is much more sharp and natural in its dialogue and line deliveries than its dawn-of-the-sound-era peers.
The mystery spends most of the runtime in the background, letting the characters run wild in all of their posh, alcohol-fueled glory. There's a party scene at about the halfway point that has such a great weightlessness to it in its ability to brush from one character to another.
It's hard not to notice, especially in this day and age, how casual all of the characters were in their love of the sauce. Looking back on it,…
Who even cares about the mystery? We just want to watch Powell and Loy drink and flirt and be wonderful. The mystery, like the contestants on Hollywood Squares, just get in the way.
This film is at its best when it's firing on all comedic cylinders and delivering that wonderfully juicy dialogue that makes this film so fun to watch. Much of the credit for that goes to the lead actor, William Powell. Powell has the perfect delivery of this type of dialogue and his performance here is outstanding. Even when the writing is not the best, Powell has an earnestness and an innocence while still capturing the fast pace and witty quality of the words that are being said.
It helps that Powell has a character that he can really sink his teeth into, acting wise. There is so much history that is insinuated but never really expounded upon that he can…
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