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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.
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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!
The drunken banter is a lot of fun, but there are far too many characters to follow and the mystery was too convoluted.
This is actually one of my favorites. The chemistry between the leads is unmatched. Their banter filled relationship carries the typical detective tale. The film is charming, funny, and exciting.
<3 That dialogue, tho.
Somehow, I lost this log somewhere along the way. I was charmed a lot by The Thin Man, in a way that has stuck by me for months now. The family dynamic reminded me of Arrested Development, and much higher praise could not be issued before or after. The mystery, too, kept me engaged enough, something a lot of comedy films would get wrong.
This is obviously great.
I rewatched it when I was really sick and couldn't follow the mystery plot at all but still enjoyed it because Myrna Loy and William Powell and Asta are such a hilarious dream team in this that the rest of whatever's happening doesn't matter.
Powell and Loy are extremely charismatic and obviously had great chemistry. That's pretty much the only thing this movie has going for it. But they really are both great.
Chemistry between Powell and Loy is undeniable, as many say, and there are some other good aspects too; but, at the same time, direction is quite bad, and you can easily see it was filmed in 14 days only (sorry, 12 actually, they say).
As a murder mystery, it's pretty dull. None of the suspects are terribly interesting, and the ultimate reveal is underwhelming.
But William Powell and Myrna Loy sparkle as Nick and Nora Charles: husband and wife sleuths, merry alcoholics, owners of a very expressive fox terrier. The Thin Man is a delight when it drops the plot entirely, just to hang out with Nick and Nora as they drunkenly exchange Christmas presents and flirtatious insults.
Nick: Got your roller skates on?
Nick: Let's get rolling.
The late William Powell stars in this comically fun and lightweight murder mystery from 1934. Prior to this, I had only seen one previous work of Powell's in the classic depression era comedy 'My Man Godfrey' which I adore very much. In this film (and the first in its series apparently), Powell plays the dashingly witted Nick Charles, a playful detective whose focus is to find a resolve to some murders that maybe linked to a recent disappearance. The plot and murder mystery story being told here wears thin rather quickly and is nothing of real significant interest as the culprit becomes quite obvious to the attentive…
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