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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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The intoxicating chemistry and repartee between the oft-teamed William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles--America's favorite soused detectives--is fully 100-proof in the marvelously witty Thin Man movies. You simply won't find more delightful movie company than Nick and Nora. The title, of course, refers not to Nicky the dick, but to the mysteriously missing scientist he and his lovely partner set out to find. Powell and Loy deliver their sparkling dialog with giddy enthusiasm (and occasionally slurred speech) in this rapid-fire, three-martini suspense comedy directed by famously speedy W.S. Van Dyke and adapted from the novel by Dashiell Hammett. The success of The Thin Man spawned a litter of sequels, including After the Thin Man (featuring a young James Stewart), Another Thin Man (in which a baby is added to the Charles family), Shadow of the Thin Man, The Thin Man Goes Home, and Song of the Thin Man. --Jim Emerson

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5.0 out of 5 stars Nick and Nora outside the studio...... May 2 2004
As an aside, I read a funny little story about how well William Powell and Myrna Loy got along in real life. Somewhere about 1937 or 1938 a magazine ran a nationwide poll to determine the most popular actor and actress in Hollywood. The response to the poll was huge, with Clark Gable and Myrna Loy winding up being the winners.
William Powell finished 4th in the actor's category, and wasn't about to take this lying down. He sent Myrna a long, florist box filled with sour grapes. The attached card read "Congratulations, from William the Fourth".
Gotta love it....... ;-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gettin' impatient waiting on the others!!! March 26 2004
By M. Leon
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. Please hurry up!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Please Release the rest Dec 10 2002
By far the best series of movie sequels ever made. My VHS tapes are wearing out. I WANT DVD NOW !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Oct. 19 2002
As good as a movie as you'll ever see. As good as any and better than most.
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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 SUPER!! March 14 2004
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. William Powell and Myrna Loy work so well together you'ld think they really were married. And one of my favorite animals in the world, "Asta". I hope they come out with the other films on DVD soon. "The Thin Man" films are....
"The Thin man" - 1934
"After the Thin Man" - 1936
"Another Thin Man" - 1939
"Shadow of the Thin Man" - 1941
"The Thin Man goes home" - 1944
"Song of the Thin Man" - 1947
This movie, and the others will make you drunk with laughter.
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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 18 2003 by Nathan Hyde
5.0 out of 5 stars BETTER THAN 5 STARS
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. Read more
Published on Oct. 21 2003 by Tim Janson
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. 9 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 Brilliant Dark Comedy!
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. Read more
Published on June 4 2003 by Kim Anehall
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 25 2003
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