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The Thin Man (Full Screen)

William Powell , Myrna Loy , W.S. Van Dyke    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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4.0 out of 5 stars The begining of a great franchise! April 30 2004
(...) this is a cute romantic mystery. Nick & Nora Charles broke new ground with their love bickering. The film is a nice break from the more typical hardboiled detectives of the 20's, 30's and 40's.
I think Nora (Myrna Loy) was at her best in this film. She is beautiful. Her cute nose, which as she aged grew less and less cute, and short dark hair came off as very sexy. This is the only film in which her desire to see Nick work as a detective came off as genuine. In the later films it seemed to be a little to scripted. I think my favorite scene is when Joe Morelli broke into Nick and Nora's bedroom. In order to keep Nora from getting shot Nick punches Nora in the jaw to knock her out of the line of fire. As a married man I can tell you Nick got to do what most men wish they could do at some point in time. (jk). Nora takes it like a champ. Instead being upset at Nick she's upset that she missed the action while she was dazed on the floor.
While not my favorite THIN MAN movie overall I do think it has the best romantic sparring between Nick and Nora. The plot is pretty good and the story moves at a good pace. If you're not familiar with that many 1930's films you'll get a kick out of the 30's lingo, especially some of the womens lingo, in the film. I don't know if recreational drinking was ever as carefree as it is with Nick but it doesn't come off as hokey and is quite funny.
The best thing about the film is the relationship between Nick and Nora. I wish there were more directors like Van Dyke around today. He, without lengthy dialogue scenes, was able to capture the love Nick and Nora had for eachother. He also kept the pace moving. He was able to deliver in a hour and a half what most directors spend 2 to 3 hours trying to do and not succeeding as well as he does.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Please serve the nuts Oct. 26 2006
Dashiell Hammett is best known for his hard-boiled detectives, but he struck gold when he created "The Thin Man." And the movie adaptation is even better -- a witty, zingy mystery with a lovable pair of detectives and their dog. No wonder it spawned five sequels, even though Hammett never wrote another.

Inventor Clyde Wynant is missing. At a party, his daughter Dorothy (Maureen O'Sullivan) sees detective-turned-rich-hubby Nick Charles (William Powell) and asks for his help in finding her dad. But when Clyde's secretary/mistress is murdered, Clyde is the primary suspect -- especially when other bodies show up.

Nick is resolutely determined not to get involved, but between the police and his rich wife Nora (Myrna Loy), he finds himself enmeshed in the case. He believes that Wynant didn't do it, but the case is covered with false clues and hidden motives -- until Nick himself unearths a skeleton in Wynant's workshop, which will solve the whole case.

From the first moment you see Nick dancing with his shaker, it's obvious that "Thin Man" is a winner. It was the first of six films starring Nick, Nora and Asta the wire-haired terrier, and while Hammet never wrote anything more about this detecting team, that didn't stop Hollywood from continuing their saga.

This is a tight, suspenseful little mystery, with plenty of suspects that might have done it, but you never quite know who did actually do the murder. But the story is peppered with astoundingly funny dialogue ("I heard you got shot five times in the tabloids." "That's a lie! They didn't come anywhere NEAR my tabloids"), and a cast of weirdos, ranging from gangsters to greedy ex-wives to wooden gigolos.

Nick and Nora (based on Hammett and Lillian Hellman) are absolutely delightful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BETTER THAN 5 STARS Oct. 21 2003
The Thin Man is the first in this series of six movies starring William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles...wealthy socialites and detectives. These movies made between 1934 and 1947 comprise six of the 13 collaborations between the two stars and is certainly their most famous work.
I cannot rave strongly enough about these movies, particularly the first which is the best in the series. Nick and Nora are in New York for Christmas and find themselves having to investigate and eventually solve several murders.
The chemistry between the two stars is what makes these movies. It would seem as if they really were married. The Thin Man is outrageously funny with a lot of sexual innuendo which was certainly outrageous for the time period.
The movies are always filled with great character actors. Those faces you know even if you don't know the names. The dialog sparkles as the two drink their way through solving the crimes. honestly, being drunk has never been this funny.
Some may feel that it glamorizes alcohol, but lets remember that this was the early 1930's. The Christmas party in their posh hotel room is priceless.
My only complaint is that it seems there are little in the way of extras on the DVD. What a shame. While outtakes may not still exist, certainly some interviews and commentary with film historians would have been a welcome addition. Still..these are a definite add to your collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Dark Comedy! June 3 2003
Clyde Wynant, an eccentric absent minded inventor, is about to leave for three months before his daughters wedding, but he promises to return for the wedding. When the wedding day draws near, the daughter becomes worried about her father. In addition, Clyde's ex-wife is worried as well, since her money is running out and she needs more. However, in the absence of Clyde a murder of his mistress is committed right before a visit between his ex-wife and mistress was planned to discuss Clyde's wherabouts.. Nick Charles, a friend of the Wynant family, is in town with his wife to enjoy their time together with parties and relaxation. Despite copious attempts to relax, Nick is forced to undertake the investigation in a joint operation between him and the police force. This investigation takes many directions before they think they have the murderer, who becomes a serial killer at the end. The Thin Man is a well written criminal comedy that engages the audience on multiple levels, which provides an amazing cinematic experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nick and Nora outside the studio......
As an aside, I read a funny little story about how well William Powell and Myrna Loy got along in real life. Read more
Published on May 2 2004 by whooziss
5.0 out of 5 stars Gettin' impatient waiting on the others!!!
I love all the Thin Man movies. If you're in a crummy mood, just watch one of these. However, I'm beginning to grow more and more impatient waiting on the others in the series. Read more
Published on March 26 2004 by M. Leon
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPER!!
I'm a big fan of "The Thin Man" series and this is truly a great movie to have in your DVD collection. This is what being a detective is all about. Read more
Published on March 14 2004 by Bobb Chappelear
5.0 out of 5 stars A really dazzling comedy
This is the story of a dog that may be a terrier but should be a police dog! Oh, there's also this detective and his wife...
Together they sniff out the clues. Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2004 by Gary C. Smith, M.D.
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm gonna put 'em in a room...
A wonderful mix of chemistry, a bit of mystery, dialog that truly "pops", along with great source material make this picture a tremendous load of fun and laughs. Read more
Published on Dec 17 2003 by Nathan Hyde
5.0 out of 5 stars The Thin Man,
Truly, this series is one of the best ever created. Simple, fast pace, plain wholesome fun!! I want the whole series!!
Published on Oct. 8 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for the DVDs
I've been waiting for what seems like ages for The Thin Man series to get recorded onto DVDs. Finally, the first in the series is here. Read more
Published on July 11 2003 by tzefirah
5.0 out of 5 stars Why don't we see movies this good any more?
I won't bore you with the plot. You can get that from the other reviews. The reason to watch this movie is the great writing and the incredible chemistry between Powell and... Read more
Published on May 30 2003 by Alan Olsen
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect marriage
This movie is a hilarious depiction of the perfect marriage and what can happen when you take your loyal pooch and spouse on a vacation to your former hometown for the holidays. Read more
Published on May 24 2003
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