The Thin Man

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Featuring an involving mystery and sparkling repartee between William Powell and Myrna Loy, The Thin Man is an endlessly charming romp.

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The recently divorced Gilbert discovers that his new girlfriend has stolen $50,000 and is carrying on with other men. Not long afterward, he disappears. Anxious to locate her father, Gilbert's daughter (Maureen O'Sullivan) goes to private detective Nick Charles (William Powell) for help.

Cast & Crew

William Powell
Nick Charles
Myrna Loy
Nora Charles
Maureen O'Sullivan
Dorothy Wynant
Nat Pendleton
Lt. John Guild
Minna Gombell
Mimi Jorgenson
William Henry
Gilbert Wynant
Cesar Romero
Chris Jorgenson
W. S. Van Dyke II
Director
Dashiell Hammett
Writer (Novel)
Albert Hackett
Writer (Screenplay)
Frances Goodrich
Writer (Screenplay)
William Axt
Original Music
James Wong Howe
Cinematographer
Robert Kern
Film Editor
Cedric Gibbons
Art Direction
David Townsend
Associate Art Direction
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Critic Reviews for The Thin Man

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  • Jun 20, 2017
    This was the movie that would launch the 'Thin Man' series, and as in the sequels which would follow, William Powell and Myrna Loy are so damn charming, endearing, and wonderful that you'll want to eat them up. The movie starts off with a gritty feeling, as an inventor finds he's been robbed of bonds from his safe, and angrily approaches his mistress. His daughter, played by the lovely Maureen O'Sullivan, is about to get married, and when he disappears shortly thereafter, she begins to worry. She runs into William Powell in a bar (where else?), and explains things to him, but he's on vacation and doesn't want anything to do with the case. Eventually of course, he gets sucked in. Powell is simply outstanding in this movie. His character is what every man wishes he could be: witty, charming, one step ahead of everyone else, calm under pressure, married to the cute and playful Myrna Loy, and able to hold an incredible amount of liquor. Far from being stressed out, he's bemused by it all. Powell plays this role perfectly, and his chemistry with Loy is extraordinary. Their banter and quirky behavior quickly takes over the movie, rendering the mystery of the 'thin man' secondary. There are just so many funny lines and facial gestures that I was literally laughing out loud 83 years later. All that and 'Asta' the dog too! The actual solving of the crime is a little convoluted, but don't worry too much about that, you'll be highly entertained.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 16, 2014
    Classic detective film. Hilarious and entertaining.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • May 06, 2014
    The first of an epic number of films concerning the "Thin Man" fueled by the love of cinema noir by the audience. Powell and Loy have great chemistry as a strange plot unfolds around them.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 21, 2013
    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 H Super Reviewer

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