The Thin Man (1934) is the film adaption of a novel by Dashiell Hammett. I haven't read the book (shame, I know) but absolutely love the film. It's hard not to:

  • It is a pre-code film so true to life activities like drunken parties weren't prohibited
  • There is a very expressive dog for comedic effect
  • The main character couple are full of sarcasm and teasing, and have amazing screen chemistry
  • There is some lovely decor and fashion

I caught that the entire film series is available for streaming on HBO Max again, so I put the first film on and was inspired to write a post about it. The story is about a former detective who's just returned to New York from California, and is pulled into solving the murder of a former client. William Powell plays Nick Charles and Myrna Loy plays his wife, Nora Charles. They are both so great in their roles, and especially Myrna. I just love them together so much.

A four panel image showing Myrna Loy as Nora Charles and William Powell as Nick Charles. They're making faces at each other then embracing.

The film does have some twists regarding who committed the murder. I really had no idea who it was the first time I watched it, and that is pretty good for a nearly 90 year old film. It never gets old.