The Thin Man (1934)
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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
May 23, 1934 Wide
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The Thin Man was an entertaining novel, and now it's an entertaining picture.
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.
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.
There's wonderful chemistry between William Powell and Myrna Loy, who make sleuthing, marriage and drinking cool and sexy
As charming as its headliners are, The Thin Man is brought down to the merely solid level by its flimsy narrative.
One can't say enough good things about the playful interplay between Powell and Loy.
On DVD for the first time, the fourth entry takes the Charles to the race track. Stella Adler, Brando's future acting coach, appears in a rare bit as a moll
Even after 70 years, this extraordinarily entertaining romantic comedy/mystery is still fresh, and holds up to repeated viewings mostly thanks to William Powell and Myrna Loy's sparkling chemistry.
Elegant, frisky, funny, sly... what else are you looking for, exactly?
Beautifully shallow, sophisticated and smart. The Thin Man is pure slapstick noir.
Audience Reviews for The Thin Man
- Nora Charles: Say, what's that man doing in my drawers?
- Nick Charles: The important thing is the rhythm. Always have rhythm in your shaking. Now a Manhattan you shake to fox-trot time, a Bronx to two-step time, a dry martini you always shake to waltz time.
- Nora Charles: [suffering from a hang-over] What hit me?
- Nick Charles: The last martini.
- Nick Charles: The murderer is right in this room. Sitting at this table. You may serve the fish.
- Nick Charles: Now don't make a move or that dog will tear you to shreds.
- 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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