Classic Film Guide

Thin Man, The (1934)

A terrific comedy and a great hit, generating a handful of sequels. The most memorable of the many William Powell-Myrna Loy pairings, IMO, as the husband-and-wife detective team (Nick and Nora Charles). "The Thin Man" actually refers to a murder victim! Powell and Director W.S. Van Dyke were nominated for Oscars (the first nomination for each of them). The film received a Best Picture nomination; writers Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett also received the first of their Academy recognition with a nomination for their Adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's novel. Also features Maureen O'Sullivan, Nat Pendleton, Porter Hall, Cesar Romero, Edward Brophy (among others), and Asta, as the Charles's wire-hair terrier, in his film debut! It was added to the National Film Registry in 1997. #32 on AFI's 100 Funniest Movies list.

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