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The Thin Man -- Comedy-mystery featuring Nick and Nora Charles: a former detective and his rich, playful wife. They solve a murder case mostly for the fun of it.

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Director:
Writers:
Albert Hackett (screen play) and
Frances Goodrich (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
25 May 1934 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
A laugh tops every thrilling moment!
Plot:
Nick and Nora Charles, a former detective and his rich, playful wife, investigate a murder case mostly for the fun of it. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 2 wins See more »
User Reviews:
A fantastic start to a great series See more (119 total) »

Cast

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William Powell ... Nick

Myrna Loy ... Nora

Maureen O'Sullivan ... Dorothy

Nat Pendleton ... Guild
Minna Gombell ... Mimi
Porter Hall ... MacCaulay
Henry Wadsworth ... Tommy
William Henry ... Gilbertt
Harold Huber ... Nunheim

Cesar Romero ... Chris
Natalie Moorhead ... Julia Wolf
Edward Brophy ... Morelli
Edward Ellis ... Wynant
Cyril Thornton ... Tanner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Asta ... Asta (uncredited)
Will Aubrey ... Minor Role (uncredited)
William Augustin ... Wynant's Butler (uncredited)
Polly Bailey ... Janitress (uncredited)
Arthur Belasco ... Detective (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict ... Dance Extra (uncredited)
Tui Bow ... Stenographer (uncredited)
Raymond Brown ... Dr. Walton (uncredited)
Ruth Channing ... Mrs. Jorgenson (uncredited)
Jack Cheatham ... Detective (uncredited)
Clay Clement ... Quinn (uncredited)
Nick Copeland ... Reporter (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Fighter at Party (uncredited)

Douglas Fowley ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Christian J. Frank ... Plainclothesman (uncredited)
Kenneth Gibson ... Apartment Clerk (uncredited)
Creighton Hale ... Reporter (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Edward Hearn ... Detective (uncredited)
Robert Homans ... Billy the Detective (uncredited)
John Irwin ... 'Face' Tefler (uncredited)
Thomas E. Jackson ... Reporter (uncredited)
Sydney Jarvis ... Witness (uncredited)
Tiny Jones ... Woman Buying Newspaper (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Restaurant Table Extra (uncredited)
John Larkin ... Porter (uncredited)
Dixie Laughton ... Janitress (uncredited)
Walter Long ... Stutsy Burke (uncredited)
Fred Malatesta ... Joe - Headwaiter (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Bartender (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Detective Waiter (uncredited)
Henry Otho ... Detective Waiter (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... Detective (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Detective (uncredited)
Alexander Pollard ... Waiter Hired for Dinner (uncredited)
Albert Pollet ... Waiter Hired for Dinner (uncredited)
Bob Reeves ... Cop (uncredited)
Bert Roach ... Foster (uncredited)
Rolfe Sedan ... Waiter (uncredited)
Gertrude Short ... Marion (uncredited)
Lee Shumway ... Plainclothesman (uncredited)
Pietro Sosso ... Butler (uncredited)
Ben Taggart ... Police Captain (uncredited)
Phil Tead ... Reporter (uncredited)
George Templeton ... Reporter (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Guest at Nick's Party (uncredited)
Huey White ... Bit part (uncredited)
Leo White ... Leo - Waiter (uncredited)
Charles Williams ... Fighter Manager (uncredited)
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Directed by
W.S. Van Dyke 
 
Writing credits
Albert Hackett (screen play) and
Frances Goodrich (screen play)

Dashiell Hammett (from the novel by)

Produced by
Hunt Stromberg .... producer
 
Original Music by
William Axt (musical score by) (as Dr. William Axt)
 
Cinematography by
James Wong Howe (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Kern (film editor) (as Robert J. Kern)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lesley Selander .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
David Townsend .... associate art director
Edwin B. Willis .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ted Allan .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dolly Tree .... wardrobe
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Wayne Allen .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
David Snell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Jack Virgil .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Howard Dietz .... press agent (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
91 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 (1938) | Finland:(Banned) (1934-1938) | Germany:6 | Netherlands:AL (DVD rating) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1934) | South Korea:12 (2003) | Sweden:15 | UK:U | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #1304-R: 26 August 1935)

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Trivia:
Given three weeks to shoot the film, W.S. van Dyke managed it all in 12 days for the paltry budget of $231,000 (April 9-mid May). The film surprised everyone by becoming a major box office hit, ranking in $1.4 million.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Early in the film, after Nora gets dragged by Asta to find Nick, we see Nick explaining to the bar manager that Asta is a well trained dog. Initially, Nick has Asta's leash in his right hand and points at Asta with his left, but when they focus on Asta, Nick is pointing with his right hand and obviously holding Asta's leash in his left.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Tanner:Your daughter's here, Mr. Wynant. Mr. Wynant! Mr. Wynant!
Clyde Wynant, the thin man:Haven't you got any more sense than to shout at me like that?
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19 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
A fantastic start to a great series, 24 August 2003
Author: (stwhite) from Indiana, USA

Come celebrate the end of prohibition with William Powell and Myrna Loy as the high society and wise-cracking Nick and Nora Charles. Not only do they put away a large quantity of alcohol, but they solve a bizarre and fascinating murder case in the process despite Nick's best efforts not to get involved. He finally succumbs by taking the case to not only outside pressure, but instinctive curiosity and boredom that goes with being part of the idle class. Not only is he a super sleuth turned gentleman, but he is quite the aficionado on mixing drinks. We are first introduced to Nick as he instructs bartenders on the proper technique on mixing drinks ("In mixing the important thing is the rhythm. You should always have rhythm in your shaking. A manhattan you shake to a foxtrot, a dry martini you shake to a waltz", etc.) Also added into the fray, is their terrier, Asta, who helps Nick solve the mystery. Despite being made nearly 70 years ago, Powell and Loy's performances and chemistry together remain as strong today as they were then. This detective has clearly married into a family with a significant fortune, but Nick and Nora's love for each other is genuine and often reflected in sarcastic teasing of each other. When Nora walks in on him consoling a beautiful young woman by embracing her, he just wrinkles his nose at her and she returns the gesture which indicates the level of trust that exists among this couple. While Nick is often observant of an attractive woman, Nora doesn't keep him on a tight leash because their instinctive trust with one another. The film is packed with humor centering around the Charles' vices, mainly drinking and the subsequent hangovers and the complacency of not being required to work for a living. How many detectives are such smooth talkers that they befriend the criminals they helped convict once they've served their time and party with them on Christmas Eve? So if you enjoy a bit of sarcastic humor in your murder mysteries, chances are you'll love this film. A few side notes: Watch for Cesar Romero in this film. He later played The Joker in the Batman series in the 1960's. In later Thin Man movies, you can see a young Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed, Dean Stockwell, and Penny Singleton. Also, I noticed that it was Christmas Eve in this movie 2 days in a row. First, in the bar where we first see Nick, Maureen O'Sullivan says to her boyfriend that it's Christmas Eve and the next morning when Nora wakes up with a hangover they say it's Christmas Eve then. My only other criticism was the scene where Nick diverts the attention of a man holding him at gunpoint in the bedroom by tossing a pillow at him. I wish they had come up with something a little more believable. Other than those 2 minor points, an outstanding movie. I don't think Hollywood could make something as original and entertaining today if their lives depended on it. On a scale of 10 martinis, 9/10.

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