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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.
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…
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…
'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!
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.
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Nora Charles: How many drinks have you had?
Nick Charles: This will make six Martinis.
Nora Charles: [to the waiter] All right. Will you bring me five more Martinis, Leo? Line them right up here.
The primary reason I watched this was all the adulation I've heard about the relationship between Nick and Nora, and that's the best reason to see it. The relationship is everything it's hyped as, one of the great screen pairings. The story, on the other hand, is nothing particularly special, and will be very familiar to anyone who's seen or read any story by Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, or any of their contemporaries. It's fun, as those stories always are, but doesn't rise to the level of the best ones. There's some very dated acting and mugging, which personally grates on me a bit, but I'll certainly be watching other entries in the series--Nick and Nora really are an awful lot of fun to watch.
I expected to like this much more than I did. Instead, I just kept thinking about how spot-on Jennifer Jason Leigh's vocal impression of Myrna Loy in The Hudsucker Proxy is.
they should make more movies together imho!
"Waiter, will you serve the nuts? I mean, will you serve the guests the nuts?"
A well-earned Best Picture nominee based on a novel by legendary writer Dashiell Hammett that takes a complex whodunit, throws a bunch of unusual characters into a martini shaker, mixes them vigorously and what comes out is completely inconsequential to the pleasures of the film. Nick and Nora Charles are the type of couple everyone wishes they had in their social circle; they are pleasant, intelligent, hilarious and utterly charming. The party never ends with this pair and their philosophy seemingly revolves around the idea that hangovers can only ever erupt the moment you stop imbibing.
I dare you to watch this movie and not suddenly realize you're three whiskies in.
That dialogue. That sass. Just... swoon-worthy.
Delightful throughout and capped off by that incredible dinner party set-piece. The balance of competing sensibilities between Nick's virtual disinterest in the case and Nora's obsession with it neatly epitomizes the balance of tones carefully maintained throughout I often use "likable" in a derogatory sense with a qualifier attached, but this movie is effortlessly likable in the very best sense of the word. Obviously the rest of the Thin Mans are now a priority, but I'm also left hoping there are other screwball mystery films I've been missing out on, as the combination is pretty great, at least when done as well as it is here.
(My crass nature requires me to note for future reference that Loy's Nora gets added to my short list of movie crushes.)
So awesome. William Powell, Myrna Loy & Asta are my everything.
everyone's ideal marriage. i love myrna loy, so much.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- 12 Angry Men
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- 25th Hour
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- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
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