Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
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.
. . .
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.
So awesome. William Powell, Myrna Loy & Asta are my everything.
everyone's ideal marriage. i love myrna loy, so much.
An average film with solid acting and a beautiful and playful Myrna Loy.
After seeing Inherent Vice the night before, I had a hankering for a funny detective picture. Turns out the TCM collection has a surprisingly great picture and sound transfer, at least on the first movie.
The first of the "Thin Man" series and the movie often credited for starting the comedy-mystery genre.
Good: Powell and Loy have excellent chemistry which is evident in the timing of their playful banter as well as how caring they act to each other.
Bad: There are a few questionable mustaches which I can only assume were stylish at the time.
Meh: Obviously some jokes don't translate 80 years later.
"The important thing is the rhythm. Always have rhythm in your shaking. Now a Manhattan you shake to fox-trot time, a Bronx to two-step time, a dry martini you always shake to waltz time."
The plot is no great shakes, but the banter is quite charming. And that's really the point, I suppose.
I've got to admit my own dullness here and say that I almost entirely missed just how brilliant The Thin Man is on my first viewing. William Powell is at his very best here - playful, world-weary, loose yet incredibly controlled. And he's got a great text to work from and great supporting players. Nick and Nora Charles have to be one of the most appealing married couples in movie history.
Screwball-mystery! What fun, and stupid of me not to have watched it before now. How have I gone this long without being exposed to Myrna Loy? Not to mention William Powell being excellent and hilarious. Really, a perfect movie to watch on a Sunday morning.
"The next person who says "Merry Christmas" to me, I'll kill 'em."
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