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It is common wisdom that the Thin Man sequels adhere to the law of diminishing returns, and while none of the follow-ups reach the diamond level of the first film, all afford pleasures. There's the cocktail-swilling chemistry of Powell and Loy, for one thing, as well as the considerable satisfaction of average movies made during the studio system: the craftsmanship of studio hands, and a gallery of terrific character actors filling in supporting roles. First sequel After the Thin Man (1936) is very good, with the couple in San Francisco and a supporting part for rising player James Stewart. The scenery moves again, to Long Island, for the rather impudently-titled Another Thin Man (1939), which adds baby Nick, Jr., to the mix (a "bad idea," thought Pauline Kael, perhaps a sign of the domestication of the series).
Shadow of the Thin Man (1941) sets the action around a racetrack, and is the last of the series to be directed by the fast-working Van Dyke. The Thin Man Goes Home (1944) finds Nick escorting family to his parents' house for a visit. Song of the Thin Man (1947) engagingly adds a jazz milieu to the Charles's detective work; at this point, Nick, Jr. was played by child star Dean Stockwell. The series stuck with certain staples: the unveiling of the guilty party, a wirehaired terrier named Asta (who became a star in its own right), and booze. When Nick opines, in the first film, that a dry martini should always be shaken to "waltz time," you know why audiences fell in love with these guilt-free comedies. --Robert Horton
The Thin Man series is a classic and a must have for anyone interested in the golden oldies.
They are enjoyed over and over again in my household. Read more
A classic the team of Powell and Loy the very best. Stories are solid great "who done it's"Published 6 months ago by diana smith
love the thin man collection,,,, will never go out of style for us,,,,Published 7 months ago by donalda elliott
From the novels by Dashiell Hammett comes the Thin Man collection of Nick and Nora Charles. Nick is a hard drinking, retired private detective and Nora is a wealthy heiress. Read morePublished 7 months ago by David Snow
Wonderful clean B&W reproduction of the Thin Man Movies with added feature of two documentaries on the careers of the stars. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jack Waiton
This set includes all of the Thin Man movies, plus shorts and cartoons, so you can make an old-style cinema experience of your viewing, and an extra disk with features on William... Read morePublished 9 months ago by KenL
To my friends, I liked the entire experience , Great product we have enjoyed it immensely. I will be dealing with you againPublished 12 months ago by E CRAIG
It has not lost the humour even after all the years after they were made, though certain social habits have changed. :)Published 15 months ago by James Cummins