The Thin Man (1934)
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as Nick Charles
as Nora Charles
as Dorothy Wynant
as Lt. John Guild
as Mimi Wynant
as Gilbert Wynant
as Chris Jorgenson
as Julia Wolf
as Joe Morelli
as Mrs. Jorgenson
as Clyde Wynant
as Bill the Detective
as Dr. Walton
as Taxi Driver
as Taxi Driver
as Stutsy Burke
as Apartment Clerk
as Police Captain
as Fight Manager
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Critic Reviews for The Thin Man
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.
Audience Reviews for The Thin Man
Very witty, very urbane, very smart...very movie magic. An ex-private detective is dragged into a murder case involving the daughter of a friend. It all ends with the classic "all the suspects in the same room while the detective calls out the murderer" staple of detective movies, nonetheless, it's always been about how we get there and how that particular scene is handled. This one is light on it's feet and funny, nearly a primer on how such should be done. And at the center, the whimsical family relationship of the leads and their scene-stealing dog.
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.
Glorious, Joyous dinner date with murder and laughter hand in hand. Powell and Loy are one charming couple.
The Thin Man Quotes
|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.|