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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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Director:
Writers:
Albert Hackett (screen play) and
Frances Goodrich (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
25 May 1934 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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:
'The Thin Man' is still as fast-paced, stylish, sexy and hilarious as it ever was See more (126 total) »

Cast

  (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)
 
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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:
Although the "Thin Man" of the title was the character Clyde Wynant, fans of the picture and the subsequent series began to refer to the Nick Charles character as "The Thin Man," and all subsequent films included "The Thin Man" in their titles.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At Nick and Nora's apartment, Nora folds her arms in front of her. In the next shot, she's holding her hands behind her back.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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58 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
'The Thin Man' is still as fast-paced, stylish, sexy and hilarious as it ever was, 20 July 2004
Author: Kieran Kenney from California

Where to begin? I guess I'll start off by saying that this is one of my favorite films of all time. I first saw it on TV years ago (I was probably eleven or twelve) and I still totally love it. Every time I see it, I feel like I get more out of it. I feel like I see AND hear more than I did before.

The story goes that creepy Clyde Wynant (wonderful character actor Edward Ellis) wants to give some bonds to his daughter Dorothy (Maureen O'Sullivan) as a wedding present. But his mistress Julia (Natalie Moorhead) has gotten rid of them. When Julia turns up murdered, Wynant is the obvious suspect, but nobody can find him.

Enter Nick and Nora Charles (William Powell and Myrna Loy), a detective and heiress, just recently married, and clearly very much in love. Nick finds himself pulled into the case, with everyone around him urging him into it. He's reluctant: it's his honeymoon after all. But sure enough he's persuaded to take the case, solves it and exposes the murderer at a climactic dinner party.

Bill Powell and Myrna Loy have astounding chemistry. As husband and wife, they are equals, equally hard-drinking, equally witty, equally fun-loving. They have the same sense of adventure, the same stubbornness, the same competitiveness. In so many scenes, Powell will saw something in his playful, semi-childish, half-drunk sort of way, and Loy will respond with some fabulously delivered retort, in a manner that is almost like a world-wary mother saying to her child 'Now, now, Junior...' It's hard to describe exactly. If anything, I suppose you could say it's deceptively simple. It's one of those things you have to see for yourself.

The rest of the cast is good. I particularly love Minna Gombell, Mynant's ex-wife Mimi, with her latin boyfriend (Cesar Romero) and her tight, shiny black dresses with white fur-lined princess sleeves. Slight, ernest and bespeckeled, William Henry turns in a riotous performance as Gilbert, Mimi and Clyde Wynant's son and Dorothy's brother. A Kinsey-lke figure, the role of Gilbert is one of those bookish, overly-analytical Hollywood stock characters who try to explain other character's subconscious reasons for their actions, and who give strangers peculiar looks at parties. Henry makes the character believable, and he stands out as one of the characters in the movie. Gerturde Short, in an uncredited role, gives a good performance as well. Her delivery of the "I don't like crooks, and if I did like'em..." line is unforgettable. (If you blink, you'll miss Tui Lorraine Bow, friend and step-mother of It Girl Clara Bow! Bert Roach of The Crowd has a small role as well.)

For a modestly-budgeted, rapidly shot, b-level production, The Thin Man is a classy and stylish film. The clothes, assembled by the genial Dolly Tree, are great, and make this a must-see anyone even remotely interested in period fashions. The art deco sets are quite fine, if modest and at times a bit sparse. The editing is good, as is the fairly simplistic photography. Woody Van Dyke, the director, always worked fast, and Myrna Loy recalled that all the movies they worked together on were made at frantic pace. Part of the reason that The Thin Man moves so quickly is the fact that production was so hurried.

The Thin Man gets a ten out of ten from me for being one of the best films ever produced, and one of my absolute favorites of all time.

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