The thin man

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Warner Home Video,
Pub. Date:
[2005]
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English
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Filmed on what MGM considered a B-picture budget and schedule (14 days, which at Universal or Columbia would have been considered extravagant), The Thin Man proved to be "sleeper," spawning a popular film, radio, and television series. Contrary to popular belief, the title does not refer to star William Powell, but to Edward Ellis, playing the mean-spirited inventor who sets the plot in motion. The recently divorced Clyde Wynant (Ellis) discovers that his new girlfriend, Julia Wolf (Natalie Moorhead), has stolen 50,000 dollars and is carrying on with other men. Not long afterward, he disappears. Anxious to locate her father, Wynant' daughter, Dorothy (Maureen O'Sullivan), goes to private detective Nick Charles (William Powell) for help. Having just married the lovely and wealthy Nora (Myrna Loy), Nick has no desire to return to sleuthing, but the thrill-seeking Nora eagerly talks him into taking Dorothy's case. Shortly thereafter, Wynant's lady friend is murdered; so far as police detective John Guild (Nat Pendleton) is concerned, the still-missing Wynant is the guilty party. Nick is unsatisfied with this deduction, and with the help of his wire fox terrier, Asta, he manages to uncover several vital clues -- including a decomposed corpse. At a fancy dinner party, between cocktails and the first course, Nick solves the mystery and exposes a hidden murderer. The story itself, lifted almost verbatim by scenarists Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich from the Dashiell Hammett novel on which The Thin Man is based, hardly matters. The film's strong suit is the witty repartee between Nick and Nora Charles, who manage to behave like saucily illicit lovers throughout the film even though they're married. The chemistry between William Powell and Myrna Loy would be adroitly exploited by MGM in several subsequent films, including five additional Thin Man mysteries produced between 1936 and 1948. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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auth_author2Axt, William, 1882-1959,
Brophy, Edward, 1895-1960,
Ellis, Edward, 1870-1952,
Gibbons, Cedric, 1895-1960,
Gombell, Minna, 1892-1973,
Goodrich, Frances.,
Hackett, Albert.,
Hall, Porter, 1888-1953,
Hammett, Dashiell, 1894-1961.
Henry, William, 1914-1982,
Howe, James Wong.,
Huber, Harold, 1910-1959,
Kern, Robert J.,
Loy, Myrna, 1905-1993,
Moorhead, Natalie, 1898-1992,
O'Sullivan, Maureen, 1911-1998,
Pendleton, Nat, 1895-1967,
Powell, William, 1892-1984,
Romero, Cesar, 1907-1994,
Stromberg, Hunt, 1894-1968,
Thornton, Cyril, 1905-1990,
Tree, Dolly.,
Van Dyke, W. S.,
Wadsworth, Henry, 1902-1974,
author2-roleAxt, William,1882-1959,composer (expression)
Brophy, Edward,1895-1960,actor.
Cosmopolitan Productions.,production company.
Ellis, Edward,1870-1952,actor.
Gibbons, Cedric,1895-1960,art director.
Gombell, Minna,1892-1973,actor.
Goodrich, Frances.,screenwriter.
Hackett, Albert.,screenwriter.
Hall, Porter,1888-1953,actor.
Hammett, Dashiell,1894-1961.Thin man.
Henry, William,1914-1982,actor.
Howe, James Wong.,director of photography.
Huber, Harold,1910-1959,actor.
Kern, Robert J.,film editor.
Loy, Myrna,1905-1993,actor.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.,production company.
Moorhead, Natalie,1898-1992,actor.
O'Sullivan, Maureen,1911-1998,actor.
Pendleton, Nat,1895-1967,actor.
Powell, William,1892-1984,actor.
Romero, Cesar,1907-1994,actor.
Stromberg, Hunt,1894-1968,film producer.
Thornton, Cyril,1905-1990,actor.
Tree, Dolly.,costume designer.
Turner Entertainment Co.,film distributor.
Van Dyke, W. S.,film director.
Wadsworth, Henry,1902-1974,actor.
Warner Home Video (Firm),film distributor.
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subject_facetCharles, Nick (Fictitious character) -- Drama
Charles, Nora (Fictitious character) -- Drama
Detective and mystery films
Fathers and daughters -- Drama
Feature films
Fiction films
Film adaptations
Inventors -- Drama
Murder -- Investigation -- Drama
National Film Registry
Romantic comedy films
Screwball comedy films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
title_displayThe thin man
title_fullThe thin man / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ; directed by W.S. Van Dyke ; produced by Hunt Stromberg ;screen play by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich ; a Cosmopolitan Production
title_shortThe thin man
topic_facetCharles, Nick (Fictitious character)
Charles, Nora (Fictitious character)
Fathers and daughters
Inventors
Investigation
Murder
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
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