Comedy Film Festival 2012

“The Thin Man”

Myrna Loy and William Powell play Nick and Nora Charles in "The Thin Man" (MGM, 1934)

Myrna Loy and William Powell play Nick and Nora Charles in “The Thin Man” (MGM, 1934)

“The Thin Man” (MGM, 1934). After a friend disappears and becomes the primary suspect in a murder case, retired detective Nick Charles (played by William Powell), his socialite wife Nora Charles (played by Myrna Loy), and their dog Asta work together to solve the case. This comedic mystery shines with its great script, solid direction, and excellent acting by William Powell and Myrna Loy. Film critic Roger Ebert said it best: “William Powell is to dialogue as Fred Astaire is to dance. His delivery is so droll and insinuating, so knowing and innocent at the same time, that it hardly matters what he’s saying.” Powell and Loy went on to make five more “Thin Man” films. Great stuff. Based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett. Written by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich. Directed by W.S. Van Dyke. “Oh, Nicky, I love you because you know such lovely people.”

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