This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
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!
Beginning a series of mystery films which consist of the married couple that represent Sherlock Holmes and Watson. The Thin Man is the start of a disappearance and then a who done it mystery.
The Thin Man relates to an inventor from New York by the name of Clyde Wynant played by Edward Ellis. Soon after he leaves for a business trip he turns up missing. Nick and Nora Charles played by William Powell and Myrna Loy stationed in San Francisco and on their way to New York for Christmas vacation just happen to show up. Nick being an old acquaintance of Wynant is asked by his daughter Dorothy played by Maureen O'Sullivan to take the case which he refuses…
Flawlessly fun, perpetually nonsensical, and delightfully minimalist. Powell and Loy never better?
사건을 전개시키는 데에는 관심이 없고
파티장에서 떠날 줄 모르는 카메라.
범인을 밝히는 데에는 관심이 없고
다양한 캐릭터들의 말을 좇는 카메라.
(시리즈의 시작인 작품인가 보다.)
Great acting, kinda boring plot. Some of the characters are interesting.
Before the days when every movie that makes a buck spawned half a dozen sequels, “The Thin Man” unexpectedly kicked off one of the first successful non-serial movie franchises. Featuring two thoroughly likable protagonists in married couple Nick and Nora Charles, “The Thin Man” clearly left audiences wanting more of the duo, resulting in five sequels. Part-time sleuths and full-time partiers, Nick and Nora would have been the perfect anecdote for Depression-troubled audiences in the thirties. The film’s melding of exciting mystery with witty characters makes for an irresistible charm that can still win over a modern viewer. Without resorting to simple screwball antics or ugly put-downs, actors William Powell and Myrna Loy engage in some wickedly funny banter, snapping…
Detective movie. I was a huge fan of the "Thrilling Adventure Hour" podcast and I knew that parts of it were based on this series of film, but never how closely. It still holds up and while I had some problems with the pacing, the banter is as snappy as anything written today. Plus, it has a cute dog. A cute dog is always a plus.
Some good friends of mine have a dog named Asta, and when I realized that her namesake was the terrier in this film, I decided I ought to catch it. The brand of humor in comedies from this time period often rub me the wrong way, but this one was great from start to finish. The dialogue is just packed in, with lots of great wordplay, and not too many instances of grown men acting really dumb and making noises like "doy." (It's the latter that really bugs me.)
I loved how whirlwind the whole plot is. I thought several people were the main characters before we even met the actual main characters. It's a very well orchestrated mystery and manages to still be a hilarious romp. And the icing on this cake is how thickly that put-on "Mid-Atlantic" accent is spread onto the line delivery.
Hilarious, witty, and charming. One of my faves.
Screwball Comedy #1 of my Marathon of Filmspotting Marathons.
Delightful. Watching The Thin Man, I was at first puzzled about its inclusion in a Screwball Comedy Marathon, as it seemed to be more of a murder mystery with some comedic elements, quite different from something like His Girl Friday. That's because the film's main draw, the William Powell/Myrna Loy couple, only comes in about 20 minutes in. Their chemistry is incredibly endearing, and pretty much any scene involving both of them is comedy gold, though Powell is also very funny on his own. Any doubt that this was primarily was gone once it got to a dinner party with vaudevillesque rythms, featuring various characters…
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