The Complete Thin Man Collection (The Thin Man / After the Thin Man / Another Thin Man / Shadow of the Thin Man / The Thin Man Goes Home / Song of the Thin Man)
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Almost as welcome as a shaker full of martinis, The Complete Thin Man Collection represents an eagerly awaited DVD milestone for fans of the fizzy MGM movie series. The best film in the series came first: The Thin Man (1934), W.S. Van Dyke's marvelous adaptation of a Dashiell Hammet novel. The movie gods were in a generous mood when they paired William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles, the upper-class sophisticates whose sleuthing escapades somehow joined the classic form of the whodunit with the giddyup of screwball comedy. Among the series' many attributes, one of its most radical notions was the idea that a married couple might find each other delightful and view life as a goofy adventure together.
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
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"The Thin Man" was the sparkling film that started it all. While shaking a martini to the waltz, Nick Charles investigates the disappearance of an old client, and the murder of his secretary-lover, who was stealing from him. It seems like an easy case, but Nick isn't convinced. Ex-wives, anguished daughters, long-suffering cops and creepy stool pigeons all show up for a dinnertime revelation...
"After the Thin Man" returns Nick and Nora to San Francisco. They find that Nora's cousin Selma (Elissa Landi) has been abandoned by her husband (Jimmy Stewart) for a sexy nightclub entertainer, and that he's also blackmailing her ex-boyfriend. Soon he turns up dead, and it's up to Nick and Nora to clear Selma's name....
"Another Thin Man" is an adaptation of another Hammett short story, and introduces us to Baby Charles. The new parents arrive in Long Island to visit an old friend of the family, who claims that a former business partner is trying to kill him. Of course, he dies. Disappearing bodies, international suspects, and lots of martinis are par for the course...
"Shadow of the Thin Man" takes the Charles family to the racetrack, where a jockey is unexpectedly killed. Nick doesn't want to be torn away from his vices, but he reluctantly gets involved when the bodies start to pile up. Gambling syndicates, lethal sports and milk-drinking are all tied up in this.Read more ›
The Thin Man (1934)
After the Thin Man (1936)
Another Thin Man (1939)
Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)
The Thin Man Goes Home (1945)
Song of the Thin Man (1947)
Alias Nick & Nora (Bonus disk)
There is some space left on each DVD so they added some extras on each DVD in addition to the Bonus DVD. However the fillers sometimes relate and at other times are just fillers.
The documentary of Nick, on the Bonus DVD, at first looks like a lot of sound bites of people parsing William Powel. Later it settles down to be a good Biography of William Powel and shows some movies that need to be added to the collection.
The documentary of Nora on the Bonus DVD is narrated by Kathleen Turner and is not nearly as well put together.
There is also an episode of the TV series of "The Thin Man" (1957-1959) Nick (Peter Lawford), Nora (Phyllis Kirk), which explains why it is off the air.
The movies themselves are quite crisp; which leads me to thing they did a little cleaning up. A couple of places the sound seems to drop off, however it is not drastic.
they were filmed. So when my mother mentioned she is not watching much TV as the current trend is too raw and frankly distressing for her tastes, I thought of this
series. Try them you are guaranteed a laugh or two. ;-) Cheers!
Most recent customer reviews
Very, very nice set. We have enjoyed each film, so far. The print quality is first rate and the film package arrived in perfect condition. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Rick Braggins
a bit overpriced but these are good, clean old comedy/mystery movies.Published 1 month ago by arioch
Arrived on time , good quality , the series were truly funny! Great Gift!Published 9 months ago by Elisabeth
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 16 months ago by diana smith
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