Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Thin Man (1934)

Director: W.S. Van Dyke

Starring: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan, Nat Pendleton, Minna Gombell, Casar Romero

More info: IMDb

Tagline: A laugh tops every thrilling moment!

Plot: Young Dorothy Wynant approaches amateur sleuth Nick Charles when her inventor father appears to be a major suspect in a murder case. In fact, Dorothy is so worried about her father's guilt that she tries to convince Nick that she did it. Nick's wife Nora wants him on the case so that she can experience some of the excitement herself. However, Nick is reluctant to get involved until he sees that police Lt. Guild is coming to the wrong conclusions. Nick decides that the best way to clear up the case is to invite all the suspects to dinner with Lt. Guild and see what happens...

My rating: 8.5/10

Will I watch it again? And with martinis on hand!

I love this flick. It's so friggin' hilarious. The charisma between William Powell and Myrna Loy is priceless. I've seen it at least three or four times and I always forget the details of the murder but it really doesn't matter because it's Nick and Nora that steal the entire show and the murder is just the device that gives them lots of opportunities to be so much fun. They're adorable.

Myrna Loy needs to have my alcoholic babies!

The drinking is insane. The parties, the martinis, the double entendres, the gags are all over the place. My favorite? Getting shot in the tabloids...

Goddamn that's funny. I haven't seen any of the sequels yet because I know they just can't live up to the greatness of this firs flick. You're missing out on one of the greatest comedies of the 30s if you haven't caught this one yet. Excuse me while I mix myself a martini.

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