The Thin Man (1934)
|Director(s)||W.S. Van Dyke|
|Top Genres||Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance|
|Top Topics||Book-Based, Detectives, Husband Wife, Marriage|
The Thin Man Overview:
The Thin Man (1934) was a Comedy - Crime Film directed by W.S. Van Dyke and produced by Hunt Stromberg.
The film was based on the novel of the same name and also Redbook Magazine Short Story written by Dashiell Hammett published in 1934 (novel); year n/a (magazine).
Nick and Nora Charles, played by William Powell and Myrna Loy, an urbane, fun and martini-loving husband-and-wife detective team, were known as much for their snappy repartee as for their sleuthing. The couple's wire-haired terrier, Asta, was an important part of the team, getting lost or hiding under the bed, paws over ears, at just the wrong moment. The birth of Nick, Jr., in Another Thin Man (1939) didn't dampen the Charleses' enthusiasm for investigative capers, though it did somewhat curtail their debauchery (the all-night parties became kiddie birthday bashes - complete with babies stolen for the occasion by some of Nick's less savory acquaintances). Incidentally, Nick was not the lean man of the title - Edward Ellis was. He played an inventor whose death Nick and Nora investigated in The Thin Man (1934), which was based on Dashiell Hammett's novel. The Thin Man collection remains one of the best of its genre, attributable to the breezy pace of the films and the chemistry between Powell and Loy. Look for James Stewart playing a suspect in After the Thin Man (1936).
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The Thin Man was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1997.
Academy Awards 1934 --- Ceremony Number 7 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Actor||William Powell||Nominated|
|Best Director||W.S. Van Dyke||Nominated|
|Best Writing||Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett||Nominated|
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Nick Charles: This will make six Martinis.
Nora Charles: [to the waiter] All right. Will you bring me five more Martinis, Leo? Line them right up here.
Nick Charles: Now how did you ever remember me?
Dorothy: Oh, you used to fascinate me. A real live detective. You used to tell me the most wonderful stories. Were they true?
Nick Charles: Probably not.
Tommy: Say, I'm getting out of here.
Nick Charles: No, you stay here.
Tommy: If I stay, I know I'm gonna take a poke at him.
Nick Charles: Then I insist that you stay.
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Reportedly, Dashiell Hammett based Nick and Nora's banter upon his rocky on-again, off-again relationship with playwright Lillian Hellman .
Louis B. Mayer, head of MGM, originally was against the idea of Myrna Loy being cast in this picture but director W.S. Van Dyke wanted to use the stars of the movie Manhattan Melodrama, William Powell and Myrna Loy. Mayer said that Powell was OK for the part since he had already played detectives in other films. Loy eventually got the part and made new image for herself.
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