Saturday, March 7, 2009

The Thin Man (1934)

Myrna Loy, William Powell, Maureen O'Sullivan, and a very young Cesar Romero (Ya know, the Joker ...)

I knew of this film, but little about it. Witty, urbane, this movie was quite a surprise. Nick Charles (Powell) is recently married to Nora (Loy) and they stumble upon a mystery when visiting New York. Nick did detective work prior to meeting Nora, so she urges him to help. She thinks it'll be fun. And fun it was.

A poster on IMDB (I just love IMDB!) called it the booziest movie in Hollywood, and they just may be right. Like some old movies feature a ton of smoking (Maltese Falcon, anybody?), this was a non-stop drink-fest. Not just the main characters, but many of the background characters as well. It makes me thirsty just thinking about it.

But the success to this film lies in the great dialog (Nick: I'm a hero. I was shot twice in the Tribune. Nora: I read where you were shot 5 times in the tabloids. Nick: It's not true. He didn't come anywhere near my tabloids.) and the chemistry between Powell and Loy. So fun and charming they were on screen together, it spawned five sequels. I can't wait to see the rest!

I give it 4.5 AMRU's!

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