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The Thin Man (1934)

TV-PG | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 25 May 1934 (USA)
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Former detective Nick Charles and his wealthy wife Nora investigate a murder case, mostly for the fun of it.

Director:

W.S. Van Dyke

Writers:

Albert Hackett (screen play), Frances Goodrich (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 3 wins. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
William Powell ... Nick Charles
Myrna Loy ... Nora Charles
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Dorothy Wynant
Nat Pendleton ... Guild
Minna Gombell ... Mimi Wynant Jorgenson
Porter Hall ... MacCaulay
Henry Wadsworth ... Tommy
William Henry ... Gilbert Wynant
Harold Huber ... Nunheim
Cesar Romero ... Chris Jorgenson
Natalie Moorhead ... Julia Wolf
Edward Brophy ... Morelli
Edward Ellis ... Clyde Wynant
Cyril Thornton Cyril Thornton ... Tanner
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Storyline

After a four year absence, one time detective Nick Charles returns to New York with his new wife Nora and their dog, Asta. Nick re-connects with many of his old cronies, several of whom are eccentric characters, to say the least. He's also approached by Dorothy Wynant whose inventor father Clyde Wynant is suspected of murdering her father's mistress (his former secretary ).. Her father had left on a planned trip some months before and she has had no contact with him. Nick isn't all that keen on resuming his former profession but egged-on by wife Nora, who thinks this all very exciting, he agrees to help out. He solves the case, announcing the identity of the killer at a dinner party for all of the suspects. Written by garykmcd

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MAN OF 1000 THRILLS and 2000 Laughs! (Print Ad- Albany Times-Union, ((Albany NY)) 18 July 1934) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

William Powell spoke of how much he loved working with Myrna Loy because of her naturalness, her professionalism, and her lack of any kind of "diva" temperament. "When we did a scene together, we forgot about technique, camera angles, and microphones. We weren't acting. We were just two people in perfect harmony," he said. "Myrna, unlike some actresses who think only of themselves, has the happy faculty of being able to listen while the other fellow says his lines. She has the give and take of acting that brings out the best." See more »

Goofs

When the police arrive at the Wynant's lab, you can tell by the abnormal fast movement of the cars and the police that the film has been sped up. See more »

Quotes

Tom: [first lines]
Tom: 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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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown with the original novel by D. Hammett in the background. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Whistling in Brooklyn (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

California, Here I Come
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by Joseph Meyer
Played in the score at the end
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The first of the series, and one of the best
24 April 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"The Thin Man" introduces film audiences to the Dashiell Hammett characters Nick and Nora Charles, portrayed by one of the great screen couples, William Powell and Myrna Loy. MGM was very surprised when the film, for which they had no ambitious plans, became a huge hit and even garnered four Oscar nominations.

This Nick and Nora have very little to do with Hammett's Nick and Nora, and it's just as well. William Powell and Myrna Loy created a lively, fun, loving couple that's all their own. The two actors worked better together than probably any other team - they're the non-dancing Astaire and Rogers. Loy's entrance into this film - she's dragged by Asta into a bar while she's balancing Christmas gifts and ends up flat on her face - is one of the best. Nick is pretty much smashed through most of the movie - people drank a lot more in those days. Powell manages to be elegant, funny, smart, warm, and do slapstick - sometimes all at the same time. Asta has a helluva time keeping up with them.

A very pretty Maureen O'Sullivan costars as a young woman whose father is missing and then is suspected of killing his ex-wife - that's for starters. He seems to be on a killing spree. Though Charles hasn't been involved in detective work in four years, she begs him to help her. After a visit from the police in the middle of the night, Nora asks Nick, "Are you going to take her case?" "Take it?" Nick asks, reaching for the booze. "I'm in it!"

Highly recommended for first-class chemistry, wit, humor, a good mystery, and overall enjoyment.


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Language:

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Release Date:

25 May 1934 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$226,408 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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