I’m starting a new feature on my blog. Every Friday from now through the foreseeable future, you can stop here for a review of a classic movie that I love and my family enjoys. And I couldn’t think of a better movie to start with than The Thin Man.
If you’ve been around me at all you’ve probably heard me mention this movie. The first in the series of six was filmed in 1934 and under two weeks. It was nominated for four Academy Awards in 1935 including best actor and best picture. Not bad for a picture shot in such a short period of time.
While it’s based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett, what makes this movie (and the series) so special is the great chemistry between William Powell and Myrna Loy — and as they did in the good old days, the pairing stood through all six films. Oh, and don’t forget Asta, the dog. Nick is a retired detective since he married heiress Nora. At the beginning she doesn’t really want him to solve murders, and then later in the series she’s the one pushing him to solve them. The movies are slapstick at their best.
We’ve even got the kids hooked on them. My nine-year-old will often chose them before other movies. Nick always has a drink in his hand, but that doesn’t bother us as it fits the type of movie. So if you’re looking for a classic detective caper filled with a happily married couple and wonderful banter between them, check out The Thin Man and rest of the series. You won’t be disappointed!
In fact, right now I noticed you can buy the set of six on DVD at Amazon for less than $30!