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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.
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!
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…
فى ظنى أن الفيلم ده ممكن نعتبره واحدة من المقدمات الكثيرة اللى ساهمت فى صعود النوار أوائل الأربعينيات فى هوليود ... الحبكة التحقيقة /هلامية الحقيقة /أهمية دور الأنثى جميعها موجودة هنا و جميعها من سمات فيلم النوار ... و مع ذلك تظل عندى مشكلة مع الكوميديا الباهتة الغير متوافقة مع تعقيد الحبكة ... و مش قادر أقبل تفصيلة أن تظل الشخصية الرئيسية (المحقق : نيك تشارلز) و زوجته هما الكومديانات الوحيدة فى العمل فى الوقت اللى باقى الشخصيات بتعانى
A remarkably impressive hybrid of the romantic comedy and murder mystery sub genres, where the approach to both the romantic comedy and the murder mystery are unconventional for its time, W.S Van Dyke’s The Thin Man is a thoroughly enjoyable, highly kinetic and charming little movie that is elevated to another level by its two lead characters.
William Powell and Myrna Loy are the key ingredients for the success of this movie. While I was initially expecting the stars to be Powell and Maureen O’Sullivan, who plays the daughter of the man who disappears with a series of murders connected to him, The Thin Man is truly a detective story told from the perspective of a detective couple. Loy and…
This movie is just delightful, the main mystery is a good one, although in this one, the comedy is big over the mystery, and while the style of comedy become a bit repetitive near the end it never comes off as annoying or obnoxious.
Loy and Powell are adorable and fun as Nick and Nora Charles, and their chemistry is just amazing, the rest of the acting is a mixed bag with some of the supporting cast being a bit too over the top, even for time.
The edition is rough, and there are some bits that go way too fast, like they can't wait to get them over with, but at the end this movie is funny, clever and the husband wife relationship in the middle of it alone makes seeing it worth it, is just that bloody charming..
"Waiter, will you serve the nuts? I mean, will you serve the guests the nuts?"
William Powell is my new favourite leading man from the 30s.
Two word review: Screwball mystery
The who film series is great!
Delightful film. Someone really needs to tell me to watch films like this earlier, c'mon internet.
The real mystery here is why the murder gets top billing.
At what point did cinematic creators become satisfied with presenting romance as the pairing of attractive bodies instead of shared intellect?
I dream of the day I find someone who can keep up with my witticisms, hopefully without needing as much alcohol though.
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