Posted by: absntmindedariel | April 20, 2011

The Thin Man (1934)

If you likeThe Other Guys, Naked Gun, Fletch

Synopsis– Nick Charles (William Powell) has retired from his former life as a detective and is happily married to his independently wealthy wife Nora (Myrna Loy).  Retirement, however, is short-lived, and it isn’t long before a beautiful young woman approaches Charles about solving her inventor father’s murder.  Though Nick is hesitant, Nora thinks the prospect of sleuthing terribly exciting and convinces her husband to take the case.  The couple (along with their trusty dog Asta) delve into the world of intrigue and betrayal, culminating in a dinner party with all the suspects. “The murderer is in this room!”

Why it’s better– If this movie’s greatness could be measured, it would be measured in ounces. Namely the ounces of booze Nick and Nora manage to down throughout the film’s ninety minutes. The fact that these people can function— much less solve complicated crimes– when they are this plastered is impressive, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles make it look easy. The Thin Man would spark six films and a television show (and a rumored Jonny Depp remake), making Nick and Nora one of the most successful screen partnerships of all time.  Not gonna lie, though…Asta comes pretty close to stealing the show.

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  1. So hilarious and so fun! Great review.


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