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The B-Movie Podcast: A Boozy Good Time – The Thin Man (1934)

In honor of my birthday we’re going a little off book and talking about a series of films that are above and beyond A-List Classic Cinema; The Thin Man Series.

What makes the Cinematic couple Nick and Nora Charles so special?  It is the combination of booze, mystery and witty repartee that makes everything so effortless charming?  No.  Is it the gaggle of great actors they casted throughout the series?  No.  Is it the chemistry between stars William Powell and Myrna Loy?  Partially, as one of the great on-screen couples and my humble opinion beat Tracy and Hepburn or any other on-screen duo to pieces.   Is it that also the way that Nick and Nora are a team that doesn’t bicker but gets along and may be one of the best FUNCTIONING on-screen couples?  We have a bingo!

The original (and best) has Nick and Nora in NYC (Nick’s old stomping grounds) for the holiday.  After an ample amount of partying, booze and presents Nora goads Nick into solving a mystery of a missing friend and inventor Cylde Wynant.  It’s all done so effortlessly you won’t realize where the 90 minutes has gone.  It all ends with a classic dinner where Nick (with some great asides from Nora) explaining where Wynant is and who betrayed him.

Release Year:  1934

Director: W.S. Van Dyke

Writer(s): Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich, Dashinell Hammett

Cast of Note: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O’Sullivan, Nat Pendleton, Minna Gombell, Porter Hall, Henry Wadsworth, William Henry, Harold Huber, Ceasar Romero, Natalie Moorhead, Edward Brophy, Edward Ellis, Cyril Thornton

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