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on 11 May 2008
Based on Dashiell Hammett's novel The Thin Man,these six films brought together one of the great pairings in Hollywood history with William Powell as Nick Charles,playboy shamus and husband to the divine Nora Charles played by the delightful Myrna Loy.
Together the pair charmed their way around each other,countless parties and martini cocktails while still finding time to solve the odd crime or two - well Nick did the detecting while Nora kept him from being too "distracted".

The Thin Man(1934)The first and the best.Sparkling repartee amidst the cocktails with ex-p.i Nick Charles trying to solve the disappearance of a high strung scientist while fending off an ex paramour(and her daughter) and acquainting his wife Nora with the finer points of detective work while working under the influence.
Woody Van Dyke directs the whole thing with his customary speed(12 days to shoot!!)and finesse and the result is sheer poetry.

After the Thin Man(1936)Delightful sequel has Nick and Nora involved in family secrets and murder, this time with the help of faithful Asta.Cue more cocktails and a surprising villain in this well turned,if slightly too long, follow up.

Another Thin Man(1939)The married sleuthes plus "little Nicky"return for a third time investigating the murder of a wealthy industrialist that the Charles' just happen to be visiting.With Nick himself under suspicion this time,it is up to Nora to do a little detective work in this delightful series entry.

Shadow of the Thin Man(1941)A jockey is murdered at the track which is a prelude to more artful detecting from the Charles'.Highlights include Nora at the wrestling and the dinner ordering scene.As with other entries stellar support includes Donna Reed and Sam Levene.Good fun.

Thin Man Goes Home(1944)Fifth entry directed by Richard Thorpe and lit by Karl Freund(no less)sees Nick going home to Sycamore Springs and finding that impressing dad seems pretty difficult when all the townsfolk seem to covering up a murder.Script steals from Conan Doyle amongst others and Nora's incitement of a pool room brawl is a highlight.Strained at times but still fun.

Song of the Thin Man(1946)Final entry sees Nick and Nora trying to solve the murder of a band leader aboard a floating nightclub- the S.S Fortune.
Red herrings aplenty and some funny hep dialogue especially from a young Keenan Wynn highlight this ok finale to a classic series.

As with all series' the law of diminishing returns will apply but even the weakest(Song...)is still high grade entertainment.Powell and Loy were perfectly matched and while today some may bristle at the thought of two "drunks" happily going about their detecting with scantish regard for each other's welfare let alone little Nicky's,you will be won over by the wit and sheer charm of these films.

Another quality job from Warners with each film being accompanied by a animated short and a live action one with particular reference to The Tell-Tale Heart(on the Shadow...Man )adapted from a Poe story which is wonderfully creepy and directed by Jules Dassin!!!

Finally a disc with two documentaries on Powell and Loy is well worth watching.
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on 3 July 2017
Amazing ♥️
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During the 30's and 40's, MGM made six movies based on Dashiell Hammett characters. While I am not normally a fan of old movies, I've found these films to be delightful.

The movies star William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles. Nick is a former detective who has retired now that he's married socialite Nora. Unfortunately, he can't quite shake his old life as the couple seem to be drawn into mysteries.

THE THIN MAN is the only film actually based on a Dashiell Hammett book. In this one, Nick and Nora investigate when a man vanishes a few months before his daughter's wedding. AFTER THE THIN MAN finds the couple looking for the missing husband of Nora's cousin. ANOTHER THIN MAN involves an industrialist who thinks someone is trying to kill him. A murder at the race track is the subject of SHADOW OF THE THIN MAN, while THE THIN MAN GOES HOME finds the duo visiting Nick's parents and getting involved in a murder in the seemingly quiet suburb. Finally, SONG OF THE THIN MAN finds the couple investigating a murder in the world of 1940's Jazz.

As a mystery fan, I must admit the mysteries can be weak. Often, we don't seem to get the clues we need or Nick pulls the solution out of thin air. However, the comedy more than makes up for the problems with the plot. Nick and Nora have a wonderful relationship. Obviously in love, the two banter, and their lines are quite funny. Even the jokes about Nick's constant drinking are funny, and I don't usually find that appealing. Obviously, a big part of the credit for that goes to William Powell and Myrna Loy. They are obviously having fun in these movies, and that comes through for us.

The only truly weak movie in the bunch is THE THIN MAN GOES HOME. The first one made after the death of original director W. S. van Dyke, this movie relies more on physical comedy than wit. It's still funny, but not nearly as good as the others.

If you want these movies, this is certainly the way to get them. All six movies get their own disc, and, while they may not look perfect, they certainly look sharp and clean for movies of their age. Special features are light, usually just some slightly related shorts from MGM from the era. The seventh disc includes biographies of William Powell and Myrna Loy as well as an episode of the THIN MAN TV show from the 50's (trust me, these movies are better), and a radio drama version of the first story.

Don't let the black and white scare you away from these movies. Whether you buy this set or find another way to view them first, you'll enjoy the wit and mystery of the series.
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on 18 February 2013
I like it got this set of DVDs for my mom as a gift as she like the thin man
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on 27 November 2013
This is a fantastic collection. These are classic murder mysteries with sublime comedic performances by Myrna Loy and William Powell. They are great to have around when people visit as they are a vintage that most people either have never seen or haven't seen for many, many years. The original stories were written by the same guy who wrote the Maltese Falcon.
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on 26 August 2010
During the thirties and forties, there were many famous teams who together were loved by the movie going public.Audiences couldn't get enough of the escapism, and humour. Hepburn & Tracy,Astaire & Rogers, Gable & Crawford, Garland & Rooney, Garson & Pidgeon,and in Britain, Anna Neagle & Michael Wilding. To not include the pairing of William Powell and Myrna Loy in the wonderful Thin Man series would be inexcusable.
The writer Dashiell Hammett wrote the Thin Man as a film script about two unlikely people, one of whom just happens to be a retired detective Nick Charles (William Powell) and his much younger, wealthy new wife Norah (Myrna Loy). Wherever they roam, Nick and Norah seem to find a murder to solve, a high point in the Thin Man films - as all the suspects are rounded up at the end to be quizzed by Nick until the murderer is revealed.
Hammett was a fine writer who,like Nick, had a booze problem, and who (also like Nick Charles) was enchanted by a woman with an acerbic wit. Norah Charles (who Hammett fashioned after his own lady love, the writer Lillian Hellman) is played superbly by Myrna Loy,one of the greats of cinema,having learned her craft alongside her lifelong pal,Joan Crawford, in silent films and bit parts in talkies.
Sprinkled throughout the six Thin man films, Hollywood delves into it's diverse wealth of acting talent and future stars such as Maureen O'Sullivan, James Stewart,Virginia Grey,Otto Kruger,Donna Reed,Dean Stockwell,Gloria Graham,Gloria DeHaven, and old codgers such as the perrenial matriarch, Lucille Watson, Anne Revere (whose career was destroyed by McCarthyism)and C.Aubrey Smith.
In the early Thin Man films, Nick and Norah seem to meet the strangest people whenever they venture outside in downtown NY. Unlike today's crims, Nick is greeted with great affection by dubious characters who cheerfully tell Norah how her husband sent them "Up the River" during his detective days. When Nick Jnr has his first birthday, all the former "clients" of Nick decide to hold a baby party in honour of the little fella. One ex con pinches a neighbours child,just so he can attend the party - the results when the distraught mother turns up,are hilarious.
The humour and banter between the two Charles' is what makes this series such a long time favourite. A view of the thirties and the long distance train travel, the look,ideals,mode of language,the large hats, the superb photography, are a fascination for lovers of the Golden Era (like myself).
And I love the fact that these films were made in black and white. The boxed set is another Amazon UK bargain,in price, quality and quantity.Highly recommended.
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on 20 January 2009
This is quite simply a sublime set of movies. The original "Thin Man" tends to get shown rather a lot on television but its sequels are less well known, and that's a great pity because these films are all very enjoyable with witty, sharp dialogue that seems daring and up-to-date nowadays, and must have seemed positively shocking back in the 1930s. William Powell and Myrna Loy were just perfectly cast as Nick and Nora Charles and the class just pours out of every frame. Perfect chemistry - so charismatic that if they could be making films today they would quite possibly put all other stars in the shade. These films inspired so many imitators - not least "Hart to Hart" - but they remain the original and, in my opinion, probably the best of the lot.
Some people seem to find old movies a bit of a turn off these days, and that's a great shame, but if you're willing to accept the fact that storytelling styles were just different back then and go along with the fun, you're in for one heck of a treat.
There's a nice set of extras, too: The biographies on the bonus disc are both worth a look, and, if you're in the right frame of mind, you can put on the comedy shorts that feature on all the discs before the "main feature" and get a feel of how a night at the cinema used to be. You should be warned, however, that the old style of trailers pretty much used to give the whole plot away - simpler times - so you might want to leave them until after Nick's revealed "whodunnit".
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Rarely has so little spawned so many good sequels. In this case, "little" is Dashiell Hammett's classic detective novel "The Thin Man," a gritty detective story about a pair of married society sleuths, the legendary Nick and Nora Charles. It's prettier, brighter and wittier than Hammett's novel, but even the least of these mysteries is fun.

"The Thin Man" was the sparkling film that started it all. While shaking a martini to the waltz, Nick Charles investigates the disappearance of an old client, and the murder of his secretary-lover, who was stealing from him. It seems like an easy case, but Nick isn't convinced. Ex-wives, anguished daughters, long-suffering cops and creepy stool pigeons all show up for a dinnertime revelation...

"After the Thin Man" returns Nick and Nora to San Francisco. They find that Nora's cousin Selma (Elissa Landi) has been abandoned by her husband (Jimmy Stewart) for a sexy nightclub entertainer, and that he's also blackmailing her ex-boyfriend. Soon he turns up dead, and it's up to Nick and Nora to clear Selma's name....

"Another Thin Man" is an adaptation of another Hammett short story, and introduces us to Baby Charles. The new parents arrive in Long Island to visit an old friend of the family, who claims that a former business partner is trying to kill him. Of course, he dies. Disappearing bodies, international suspects, and lots of martinis are par for the course...

"Shadow of the Thin Man" takes the Charles family to the racetrack, where a jockey is unexpectedly killed. Nick doesn't want to be torn away from his vices, but he reluctantly gets involved when the bodies start to pile up. Gambling syndicates, lethal sports and milk-drinking are all tied up in this.

Family expectations strike in "The Thin Man Goes Home" -- the Charleses goes to visit Nick's family, and especially his father. His father wanted Nick to be a doctor, and was snotty about it when Nick became a detective. So to redeem her husband's career choice, Nora spreads the rumour that Nick is there to solve a case -- and lo and behold, somebody gets killed.

"Song of the Thin Man" is the final entry, and strains at times to be cool and fresh. But it's still fairly amusing in the most part. A nasty jazz bandleader is murdered, and there's no shortage of suspects -- jilted girlfriend, gamblers, bruised egos and more. So the Charleses delve into the world of jazz musicians, determined to find the killer.

It's more or less a given that none of the sequels would be as good as the witty, taut "Thin Man." But then again, a bad "Thin Man" movie is still better than most movies, today or of yesteryear. They had witty, literate dialogue, lots of booze, and a hilarious mixture of the romantic comedy and the hard-boiled detective story.

And of course, Myrna Loy and William Powell. These two actors had glorious, playful chemistry together, and charmingly talk to thugs, cops, freaks, and high society doyennes in the same breath. The charm was somewhat diminished by Nick Jr., like when Nora orders Nick to spank the kid. But on the flipside, there's acrobatic terrier Asta, who never fails to charm.

Watching the "Thin Man" series is like taking a trip back in time, to the high society of the 1930s, and staying with the wittiest pair of sophisticates imaginable. Outstanding.
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on 19 October 2009
This box set includes all films in the "Thin Man" series. And I have to say, at a really got price.
I have to agree with previous reviewers that it's very rare to get so many good sequels out of one original movie.
In this case, the main reason why I watched all six movies after another in the course of just two days spells
P-O-W-E-L-L & L-O-Y.
Or should I say Nick & Nora? William Powell and Myrna Loy are incredibly convincing as this happily married high society couple, hard-drinking and thrill-seeking and, even in our time, quite modern in their ways of living.
Even if the films are all good, there's clearly some decline showing in the last films.
One reason is that the director of the first four films, W S Van Dyke, passed away in 1943 and thus was unable to direct the last two.
The other reason is, of course, that the Hollywood Production Code (more known as the Hays Code) went into effect in 1934, just after the release of "The Thin Man", the 1st movie in the series. The Hays Code was enforced in order to "stop immorality in the movies", and this meant, in the case of the Thin Man, that the characters had to cut out the heavy drinking and socializing with criminals. It also, most unfortunately, meant that Nick & Nora's relationship gradually developed into a more stereotype, wholesome marriage. In one of the last films, Nora even knits! And Nick is off the booze!
Despite this, all of the movies are terrific, and Powell/Loy are stunning in their performances.
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on 16 November 2010
Wonderful set of films, with even the least good among them funny and classy enough to be better than most other flicks. What a superb duo, Powell and Loy... so far ahead of couples of their time, perhaps even of our own. I feel like trotting out the old line that they don't make them as good any more but I'll say simply today's staple of special effects, producer control, flat characters, repetitive and crass dialogue, explicit violence, and political correctness at any cost have killed the movies.

Long live the THIN MAN and may we all be able to see it many times for that is cinema at its peak!
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