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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!
Nick and Nora Charles are the perfect couple.
william powell and myrna loy are my parents
I love a good dinner table scene.
Our heroes are a lovely, boozy married couple, who reluctantly begin to put the pieces of a murder mystery together. They'll solve the case... but first another cocktail... or 2.
My second viewing within a month of first seeing it and although I found it not quite as amazing as the first time, it made more sense (just about with my wife's help) and the Powell/Loy teaming was dynamic. Without this pairing the movie would be average, but we are not without them and therefore my earlier review stands. Wonderful.
When Nick and Nora aren't on screen, all the other characters should be saying, "Where's Nick and Norah?"
Watch out Fred and Ginger, Hepburn and Tracy, Bonnie and Clyde, because Nick and Nora (or should I say Powell and Loy) are hot on your tails as all-time great screen couple.
"The Thin Man" was the first film to team up William Powell and Myrna Loy as famed sleuthing team, not to mention husband and wife, Nick and Nora Charles. A film like this could only have been made in the 30s--I don't think there's a scene where Powell doesn't have a martini in his hand, and the movie's filled with those sarcastic bon mots that defined 30s screen comedies. Don't even ask me to summarize the plot, because it doesn't matter. The whodunit aspect of the movie is…
Such a lovely old favorite. It was a true pleasure to introduce Le Boyfriend to Nick & Nora Charles and see him enjoy them just as much as I do.
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