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The B-Movie Podcast: A Boozy Good Time – After the Thin Man (1936)

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!

Picking up right where we left off, Nick and Nora reach San Fransisco wanting nothing more than sleep and rest after the events of the original.  Nick does not get his wish as he’s thrown into a New Year’s flavored case of blackmail, murder and quadruple crosses.  Adding James Stewart into the mix only further sweetens an already hilariously fun confection.  This may not be the original but it certainly comes close to the greatness of the first.

Release Year:  1936

Director: W.S. Van Dyke

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

Cast of Note: William Powell, Myrna Loy, James Stewart, Elissa Landi, Joseph Calleia, Jessie Ralph, Alan Marshal, Teddy Hart, Sam Levene, Dorothy McNulty, William Law, George Zucco, Paul Fix, Dorothy Vaughan, Maude Turner Gordon, William Burress, Tom Ricketts, Esther Howard

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