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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.
It's absolutely charming and occasionally downright hilarious, as well as strangely progressive in its depiction of Nick and Nora. Asta the dog somehow steals the show in the scenes he's in. The plot is ridiculous and almost impossible to follow, but Hitchock would call it a classic MacGuffin, that is, a plot designed solely to propel other aspects of the movie. Clearly, this film is about Nick and Nora and the way they interact with each other. It's also about how Nick, played by an incredibly fun-to-watch William Powell, interacts with the mundanities of life: by drinking. Drinking has no serious effects on Nick or Nora but seems to be more of a lifestyle than anything else. They joke and…
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.
Wonderful murder mystery movie. William Powell and Myrna Loy have such great chemistry together. Lots of fun to watch.
William Powell and Myrna Loy are perfectly cast. Their chemistry is remarkable and everything feels so natural.
The majority of the film is only okay, aside from these two performances. However, the climax at the dinner party is so hilarious and well done that it makes this go down in history as an absolute classic.
This is a fun movie. More murder mysteries should be this fun. When the final culprit is revealed, it feels more like an attempt at a shocking twist that a logical conclusion. Also, for all the great talk I've heard about Nick and Norah, Norah sure isn't given much to do. Maybe she gets to do some more detecting in the sequels? I hope so.
The mystery-thriller side of this whodunnit is fine but unspectacular (and in true Dashiell Hammett style, pretty damn convoluted and confusing). But the true joy of this film is in the light comedic banter between William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles, living in a patently impossible yet infinitely stylish and gloriously fun marriage. The film's "story" is ostensibly the murder-mystery, but all that really matters is the charming, witty and urbane way Mr. and Mrs. Charles solve the case, tossing off debonair one-liners with upper-class flair. And it makes alcoholism seem extremely attractive too...
Inevitably dated, but the duo of Nick and Nora Charles are charming and often surprisingly funny.
I think the love that we can see between Nick and Nora is something beautiful we can't really see those days in movies.
I loved their acting and just everything about this movie.
This kind of movies are gonna make you love all the actors and actresses and their beauty and everything about these times.
Asta was just great.
I have no doubts of watching the whole series because it's just magic.
For 1934, this isn't bad. By any other standard, its droll, boring and dumb.
Still, for 1934 . . .
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