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.
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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.
THE screwball murder mystery that spawned so many copies in film and TV. Powell and Loy look like they are taking pleasure in every one of their lines and actions. Whodun it? Who cares. A murder ... maybe 3 ... a disappearance ... a dinner party to reveal the culprit. The pleasure is in watching Powell and Loy interact and enjoy themselves. Watch their faces while others take the limelight. All reaction and joy. And drinking. Morning, noon and nightcaps.
And this movie may have the most alcohol imbibed in film history.
A hard-drinking couple attempt to solve the murder of the title character. Nary a film couple has come close to the charm and charisma of Nick and Nora Charles. They're electrifying even when they're saying sweet nothings. The fact that they're absolutely hammered the entire time makes it all even better. William Powell was only ever more charming in "Jewel Robbery," and I don't think Myrna Loy was ever better - they make beautiful, full characters out of Nick and Nora when the script just calls for a typical Hammett murder mystery. The supporting players are alright, falling into stereotypes of the roles they're given. Really though, focusing on anything other than Powell and Loy is foolish. Great couple or greatest couple?
Thanks to my day job, I think I've actually seen a few episodes of the TV show. This is a whodunit with a husband, wife and a cute dog trying to figure out the mystery involving some money, a love triangle, a missing inventor, etc. William Powell and Myrna Loy are fun to watch as the crime-solving couple. There's quite a lot of surprisingly sharp, funny and clever comedy to go with the mystery. You'll find yourself laughing along with trying to figure it out yourself (provided you're spoiler-free, of course). It's no masterpiece but it's lots of fun.
After 70 years, this just never got old. Reviewed on flickersintime.com
A fantastic adaptation of my second favorite Hammett novel, capturing the mystery and intrigue of the book as well as the elegant wit and crafty humor that made it so much fun and so different to Hammett's other more somber noir affairs like The Maltese Falcon. Nick and Nora Charles were an unforgettable tandem in the book that I couldn't help but love in every bantering scene they shared, and William Powell and Myrna Loy share an equally entertaining chemistry onscreen that I can certainly understand why this film spawned about a thousand sequels.
I'm embarrassed to admit that I barely remember this movie at all, but I think I liked it.
It's kind of a typical murder mystery, that thankfully doesn't get dull.
While someone was using their phone, Detective Nick picked on his wife, a hung-over Nora. She retaliated by gently knocking his head, and he jokingly threatened to elbow her, before their guest turned around and they abruptly stopped. It's a priceless moment in a movie full of them, and the first instant I knew I was going to love this one. The mystery is just an excuse to watch their interactions with each other, a bunch of colorful people, and never-ending alcohol. Lots of witty one-liners and delicious screwball humor. Delightful.
This film is absolutely outstanding. The dialogue, the performances, and the mystery are all top notch. One of the greatest film noirs I've ever seen. Self aware, hilarious, and still manages to be a damn good film noir.
I watched this after I read the book. It lives up to the source material, for sure. Delightful murder mystery + comedy. It’s nice to watch a charming couple (and pair of actors) just having a great time.
// Nora Charles: You know, that sounds like an interesting case. Why don’t you take it?
// Nick Charles: I haven’t the time. I’m much too busy seeing that you don’t lose any of the money I married you for.
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