The Thin Man (1934)

98EPISODE #27: THE THIN MAN (1934) has been called the original comedy detective film, and is based on the book by Dashiell Hammett. William Powell and Myrna Loy star as husband and wife detective team Nick and Nora Charles. Nick has married Nora, an heiress from a wealthy Sam Francisco family, and retired from his days as a detective to enjoy the good life. When the two visit New York City, Nick is drawn back into service after an old friend of his, Clyde, disappears. After Clyde’s secretary/girlfriend Is murdered, all signs point to Clyde as the guy who did it. His daughter, played by Mia Farrow’s mom, Maureen O’Sullivan, refuses to believe it and hires Nick to crack the case. Did you know that THE THIN MAN started out as a B picture, and then turned into a phenomenon? James and Lara talk about the popularity of the breakout star of the film, Nick and Nora’s dog, Asta (played by canine actor Skippy), the Oscar nominations THE THIN MAN received, and who the title of the film refers to (NOT star William Powell…in this picture, at least).

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  1. Great review! “Serve the nuts” and the line that follows is one of my favorites in all of film. Just a ton of fun. The mixing of the screwball comedy with the murder mystery was unique here, but it inspired other films to follow suit, including “The Princess Comes Across” starring Carole Lombard and Fred MacMurray. Not as well remembered, but a lot of fun and Lombard does a great impersonation of Greta Garbo.

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