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The Thin Man -- William Powell and Myrna Loy star as a husband-and-wife detective team who take on the search for a missing inventor and almost get killed for their efforts.
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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Albert Hackett (screen play) and
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Release Date:
25 May 1934 (USA) See more »
A laugh tops every thrilling moment!
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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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 2 wins See more »
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One of the funniest films ever made... See more (129 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 ... Night Club Patron (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 ... Night Club Patron (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 ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Leo White ... Leo - Waiter (uncredited)
Charles Williams ... Fighter Manager (uncredited)

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)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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91 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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)

Did You Know?

Skippy, who played Asta the dog, bit Myrna Loy during filming.See more »
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 »
[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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Olive or Twist 2004 (2004)See more »
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50 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
One of the funniest films ever made..., 14 July 2000
Author: A-Ron-2 from Storrs, CT

I am not really a fan of comedies, but I can definitely appreciate a good one when it comes along. Often times comedies only really work when they are combined with another genre (in the case of this film, the 'hard-boiled detective' film)... and sometimes they achieve brilliance.

In what might have otherwise been a sort of mediocre movie, Bill Powell and Myrna Loy breath a phenomenal life into the roles of Nick and Nora Charles, a rich woman and her dandyish (but dangerous) lush of a detective husband. This film entertains on so many levels and establishes (not exploits) so many cliches that it should be mandatory viewing in any introductory film class.

The plot of The Thin Man is pretty much peripheral to the performances by Low and Powell, but it is involving in its own way. Murder, loose women, police brutality (fun police brutality), adultery, polygamy, science, swindles, two dinner parties and drinking... lots and lots of drinking... all combine into one hell of fun movie. There is even a fair amount of tension in the film and all kinds of great one-liners and set-ups.

This is quite simply a phenomenal film, lots of fun (even for Gen Xers like myself), and well worth watching.

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