The Thin Man (1934)



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Movie Info

Filmed on what MGM considered a B-picture budget and schedule (14 days, which at Universal or Columbia would have been considered extravagant), The Thin Man proved to be "sleeper," spawning a popular film, radio, and television series. Contrary to popular belief, the title does not refer to star William Powell, but to Edward Ellis, playing the mean-spirited inventor who sets the plot in motion. The recently divorced Clyde Wynant (Ellis) discovers that his new girlfriend, Julia Wolf (Natalie … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Dashiell Hammett, Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 1, 2002


as Nick Charles

as Nora Charles

as Dorothy Wynant

as Lt. John Guild

as Mimi Wynant

as MacCauley

as Gilbert Wynant

as Nunheim

as Chris Jorgenson

as Julia Wolf

as Joe Morelli

as Reporter

as Reporter

as Reporter

as Mrs. Jorgenson

as Clyde Wynant

as Bill the Detective

as Dr. Walton

as Taxi Driver

as Taxi Driver

as Janitress

as Janitress

as Detective

as Detective

as Detective

as Headwaiter

as Waiter

as Waiter

as Stutsy Burke

as Apartment Clerk

as Stenographer

as Foster

as Tefler

as Police Captain

as Fight Manager

as Cop/Fighter

as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for The Thin Man

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (5)

One of the most popular comedies ever made.

Full Review… | February 10, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The Thin Man was an entertaining novel, and now it's an entertaining picture.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
Top Critic

What enchants, really, is the relationship between Nick and Nora as they live an eternal cocktail hour, bewailing hangovers that only another little drink will cure, in a marvellous blend of marital familiarity and constant courtship.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

An excellent combination of comedy and excitement.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

The Thin Man was one of the most popular films of 1934, inspired five sequels, and was nominated for four Oscars (best picture, actor, direction and screenplay). Yet it was made as an inexpensive B-picture.

Full Review… | January 6, 2003
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Tense and slick, this early thriller remains a true masterpiece.

Full Review… | February 10, 2012
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Thin Man

A husband/wife detective tandem work to solve a series of murders.
The thirties style of slap-dash, madcap overlapping dialogue highlights the excellent performances of this very strong film. Comparing this film to the mysteries of today proves how much harder screenwriters of the old days had to work and how much more language was valued. Every line of this film is so witty and sharp, and William Powell and Myrna Loy never seem like people you know, but they always seem like people you wish you knew.
The mystery, originally penned by Dashiell Hammett, is not terribly predictable, but it's solvable, which is the way mysteries should be.
Overall, I enjoyed this film immensely, and it made me long to hear more dialogue from this era.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Glorious, Joyous dinner date with murder and laughter hand in hand. Powell and Loy are one charming couple.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

Some friends gave me the complete Thin Man series for Christmas, and I have to say after several viewings of all six that the pairing of William Powell and Myrna Loy is one of those matches made in Hollywood Heaven. There are few teams that leap to mind as being better suited to each other; their screen energy is a beautiful phenomenon to behold. Powell is already on my very select all-time favorite actors list, and I'm thinking that Loy is going up there right after I finish writing these comments. What I find most interesting about the critical comments is not that almost everyone agrees that Powell and Loy are great, but that the series is short on story, flimsy of narrative, lacking in substance -- and one critic goes to far as to say that each successive film is weaker than the one before. Sorry, I have to disagree. I think the stories are interesting, cleverly conceived, and well written. They are so smartly written, in fact, that the writers have managed to let the plot play in the background so that we can all concentrate on the chemistry of Powell and Loy. Seriously, if I were looking for great literature, I'd turn to the book shelf and dig around for Shakespeare or something, but just like the live audience members back when this series played the theaters, I'm here to see Powell, Loy -- and Asta -- make their magic. And I definitely think that the last one, Song of the Thin Man, is just as magical as the first : )

Lanning : )

Super Reviewer

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