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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In this film, Edward Ellis plays a mean-spirited inventor. The recently-divorced Ellis 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, Ellis' daughter Maureen O'Sullivan goes to private detective Nick Charles for help.

Cast

William Powell
as Nick Charles
Myrna Loy
as Nora Charles
Maureen O'Sullivan
as Dorothy Wynant
Nat Pendleton
as Lt. John Guild
Minna Gombell
as Mimi Wynant
Porter Hall
as MacCauley
William Henry
as Gilbert Wynant
Harold Huber
as Nunheim
Cesar Romero
as Chris Jorgenson
Natalie Moorhead
as Julia Wolf
Edward S. Brophy
as Joe Morelli
Phil Tead
as Reporter
Nick Copeland
as Reporter
Ruth Channing
as Mrs. Jorgenson
Edward Ellis
as Clyde Wynant
Robert E. Homans
as Bill the Detective
Raymond Brown
as Dr. Walton
Douglas Fowley
as Taxi Driver
Sherry Hall
as Taxi Driver
Polly Bailey
as Janitress
Dixie Laughton
as Janitress
Arthur Belasco
as Detective
Edward Hearn
as Detective
Garry Owen
as Detective
Fred Malatesta
as Headwaiter
Leo White
as Waiter
Walter Long
as Stutsy Burke
Kenneth Gibson
as Apartment Clerk
Tui Lorraine Bow
as Stenographer
Bert Roach
as Foster
Huey White
as Tefler
Ben Taggart
as Police Captain
Charles Williams
as Fight Manager
Pat Flaherty
as Cop/Fighter
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Critic Reviews for The Thin Man

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (37) | Rotten (1)

  • Don't spare the enthusiasm on this one because if the book had thousands of readers, this picture will have millions of customers - well satisfied and with that well-fed look.

    May 29, 2018 | Full Review…
  • One of the most popular comedies ever made.

    Feb 10, 2012 | Full Review…
  • The Thin Man was an entertaining novel, and now it's an entertaining picture.

    Jul 7, 2010 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
    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.

    Feb 9, 2006

    Tom Milne

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • An excellent combination of comedy and excitement.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jan 6, 2003 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Thin Man

  • 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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