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The Thin Man [DVD] 
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Former detective Nick Charles and his wealthy wife Nora investigate a murder case, mostly for the fun of it.
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The plot is of secondary importance and, as is often the case in such crime capers, fairly incomprehensible. Maureen O`Sullivan (later Mia Farrow`s mum and Tarzan`s Jane) is excellent in an early role as an ingenue, while there`s a large supporting cast of varying degrees of acting prowess.
But it`s the likeably martini-sodden duet - occasionally duel - of Powell/Nick and Myrna/Nora that one watches and keenly misses when they`re not on screen. Their sparring, cooing and courting, and fond backchat - this is one marriage still in its honeymoon stage and not about to leave it any time soon, if ever - is one of the mildly perverse joys of thirties cinema.
The verbose screenplay is loosely based on a later Dashiel Hammett story, but enterprising, fast-shooting director W.S. Van Dyke turns it into a comedy which just happens to feature a murder or two. The final expository revelation of the culprit (at a dinner-party - what else! - given by Nick and Nora) is, frankly, an inevitable anti-climax, and I`m quite sure that all concerned were aware of the fact.
This is without any doubt Powell & Loy`s film, and they made several more in the series, each less interesting than the last, though they both continued to give value for money.
See it if only for the absurdly subversive (but then, the whole film is gloriously subversive) scene in which Nick tries out his Christmas present (from Nora, of course) of a handgun by shooting balloons from the Christmas tree, in a variety of outlandish postures.
Then there`s the admirable Asta the dog, who is nevertheless perhaps a cuteness too far - particularly in the final squirm-inducing shot.
Oh, and the dialogue is at times very naughty indeed, I`m happy to say, full of double, and indeed single, entendres. This was just before the iniquitous Hays Code was instigated, so you could get away with - well, not quite murder...
Joyfully daft - see it at least once.
What splendid films - crisp pacey, filmed in long takes with great panache. The plots are more complex than you might expect, but unhurried & eccentrically detailed. Acting is superb with large casts wonderfully handled by the director and cameraman. The editing in amazingly slick for the date of the film and the quality of the print is superb. Lighting also atmospheric and imaginative. One scene is shot in almost total darkness. Nor do they shy away from reality. A corpse is found because of the stench of corruption. A dark and unexpected moment.
Perhaps the alchoholism of the central character is taken more lightly than we would wish nowadays [He is happy in his boozy haze; no lurking despair or tragedy fro him!]
A revelation. Cute dog too!
Van dyke directs this first one, and the others he directs are the BEST!
Plot finds Powell and Loy as married couple, Nick and Nora Charles, he is a retired detective, she a good time heiress. Planning to finally settle down, their life is upturned when Nick is called back into detective work due to a friend's disappearance and the possibility he was also involved in a murder. Murder, malarkey and mirth are about to become the order of the day.
It was the big surprise hit of 1934. Afforded only a tiny budget because studio head honcho Louis B. Mayer thought it was dud material, and ordered to be completed in under three weeks time, film made stars out of Powell and Loy and coined an impressive $2 million at the box office. Also birthing a franchise (5 film sequels and a radio and television series would follow), it's a film that has irresistible charm leaping out from every frame. It's easy to see even now why a mid 1930's audience could take so warmly to such an appealing motion picture.
From the off the film was in good hands, Dyke (One-Take Woody as he was sometimes known) was an unfussy director with a keen eye for pacing and casting, both of which are things that shine through in this production. There's also considerable talent in the writing, both in the source material and with the script writers. Hammett based his witty bantering couple on himself and his relationship with playwright Lillian Hellman, this was ideal material for Hackett and Goodrich, themselves a happily married couple fondly thought of in the cut and thrust world of Hollywood. As a couple they would go on to write It's a Wonderful Life for Frank Capra and win the Pulitzer Prize for their play The Diary of Anne Frank.
It stands out as a film of note because it successfully marries a murder mystery story with a screwball comedy spin, this was something new and exciting. While the believable relationship between Powell and Loy was also a breath of fresh air; a married couple deeply in love, devoted, funny, boozey and bouncing off of each other with witty repartee. It can never be overstated just how good Powell and Loy are here, true enough they are given an absolutely zinging script to work from, but the level of comedy, both in visual ticks and delivery of lines, is extraordinarily high.
Small budget and a small shoot, but everything else about The Thin Man is big. Big laughs, big mystery and big love, all bundled up into a joyous bit of classic cinema. 9/10
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