Former detective Nick Charles and his wealthy wife Nora investigate a murder case, mostly for the fun of it.

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W.S. Van Dyke

Writers:

Albert Hackett (screen play), Frances Goodrich (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
William Powell ... Nick Charles
Myrna Loy ... Nora Charles
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Dorothy Wynant
Nat Pendleton ... Guild
Minna Gombell ... Mimi Wynant Jorgenson
Porter Hall ... MacCaulay
Henry Wadsworth ... Tommy
William Henry ... Gilbert Wynant
Harold Huber ... Nunheim
Cesar Romero ... Chris Jorgenson
Natalie Moorhead ... Julia Wolf
Edward Brophy ... Morelli
Edward Ellis ... Clyde Wynant
Cyril Thornton Cyril Thornton ... Tanner
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After a four year absence, one time detective Nick Charles returns to New York with his new wife Nora and their dog, Asta. Nick re-connects with many of his old cronies, several of whom are eccentric characters, to say the least. He's also approached by Dorothy Wynant whose inventor father Clyde Wynant is suspected of murdering her father's mistress (his former secretary ).. Her father had left on a planned trip some months before and she has had no contact with him. Nick isn't all that keen on resuming his former profession but egged-on by wife Nora, who thinks this all very exciting, he agrees to help out. He solves the case, announcing the identity of the killer at a dinner party for all of the suspects. Written by garykmcd

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MAN OF 1000 THRILLS and 2000 Laughs! (Print Ad- Albany Times-Union, ((Albany NY)) 18 July 1934) See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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At the time of its release in 1934 William Powell was about 42 where Myrna Loy was about 29 close to the ages of Nick and Nora according to the Thin Man novel where Nick mentions his age about 45 and then Nora's later in the novel to be 26. See more »

Goofs

1:00:31 - The front page of the Daily Mirror ("New York's Liveliest Newspaper") is shown; under the headline "Double Murder Laid to Wynant!" is the misspelt sub-head "Clews Found To Second Killing". See more »

Quotes

Tom: [first lines]
Tom: Your daughter's here, Mr. Wynant. Mr. Wynant! Mr. Wynant!
Clyde Wynant, the thin man: Haven't you got any more sense than to shout at me like that?
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown with the original novel by D. Hammett in the background. See more »

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Referenced in Broken English (2007) See more »

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Jingle Bells
(1857) (uncredited)
Music by James Pierpont
Background music at Nick and Nora's party
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One of the funniest films ever made...
14 July 2000 | by A-Ron-2See all my reviews

I am not really a fan of comedies, but I can definitely appreciate a good one when it comes along. Often times comedies only really work when they are combined with another genre (in the case of this film, the 'hard-boiled detective' film)... and sometimes they achieve brilliance.

In what might have otherwise been a sort of mediocre movie, Bill Powell and Myrna Loy breath a phenomenal life into the roles of Nick and Nora Charles, a rich woman and her dandyish (but dangerous) lush of a detective husband. This film entertains on so many levels and establishes (not exploits) so many cliches that it should be mandatory viewing in any introductory film class.

The plot of The Thin Man is pretty much peripheral to the performances by Low and Powell, but it is involving in its own way. Murder, loose women, police brutality (fun police brutality), adultery, polygamy, science, swindles, two dinner parties and drinking... lots and lots of drinking... all combine into one hell of fun movie. There is even a fair amount of tension in the film and all kinds of great one-liners and set-ups.

This is quite simply a phenomenal film, lots of fun (even for Gen Xers like myself), and well worth watching.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 1934 (USA) See more »

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The Thin Man See more »

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$226,408 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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