The Thin Man

The Thin Man

William Powell
Director: W.S. Van Dyke Cast: William Powell
William Powell
, Myrna Loy
Myrna Loy
, Maureen O'Sullivan
Maureen O'Sullivan
W.S. Van Dyke

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Filmed on what MGM considered a B-picture budget and schedule (14 days, which at Universal or Columbia would have been considered extravagant) The Thin Man proved to be "sleeper," spawning a popular film, radio and television series. Contrary to popular belief, the title does not refer to star William Powell, but to Edward Ellis, playing the mean-spirited inventor who sets the plot in motion. The recently divorced Ellis discovers that his new girl friend (Natalie Moorhead) has stolen $50,000 and is carrying on with other men. Not long afterward, he disappears. Anxious to locate her father, Ellis' daughter Maureen O'Sullivan goes to private detective Nick Charles (William Powell) for help. Having just married the lovely and wealthy Nora (Myrna Loy), Nick has no desire to return to sleuthing, but the thrill-seeking Nora eagerly talks him into taking O'Sullivan's case. Shortly thereafter, Ellis' lady friend is murdered; so far as police detective Nat Pendleton is concerned, the still-missing Ellis is the guilty party. Nick is unsatisfied with this deduction, and with the help of his wire terrier Asta he manages to uncover several vital clues--including a decomposed corpse. At a fancy dinner party, between cocktails and the first course, Nick solves the mystery and exposes a hidden murderer. The story itself, lifted almost verbatim by scenarists Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich from the Dashiell Hammett novel on which The Thin Man is based, hardly matters. The film's strong suit is the witty repartee between Nick and Nora Charles, who managed to behave like saucily illicit lovers throughout the film even though they're married. The chemistry between William Powell and Myrna Loy would be adroitly exploited by MGM in several subsequent films, including five additional Thin Man mysteries produced between 1936 and 1948.

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Product Details

Release Date: 07/30/2019
UPC: 0883929684489
Original Release: 1934
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:31:00
Sales rank: 3,803

Special Features

1936 Lux Radio Theater Broadcast starring Powell and Loy (Audio Only); 1957 Episode of The Thin Man television series, "Scene of the Crime"; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Powell Nick Charles
Myrna Loy Nora Charles
Maureen O'Sullivan Dorothy Wynant
Nat Pendleton Lt. John Guild
Minna Gombell Mimi Wynant
Porter Hall MacCaulay
Henry Wadsworth Tommy
William Henry Gilbert Wynant
Harold Huber Nunheim
Cesar Romero Chris Jorgenson
Natalie Moorhead Julia Wolf
Edward S. Brophy Joe Morelli
Edward Ellis Clyde Wynant
Cyril Thornton Tanner
Polly Bailey Actor
Arthur Belasco Actor
Ray Brown Dr. Walton
Ruth Channing Mrs. Jorgenson
Clay Clement Quinn
Nick Copeland Actor
Pat Flaherty Cop/Fighter
Douglas Fowley Actor
Kenneth Gibson Apartment Clerk
Creighton Hale Actor
Sherry Hall Taxi Driver
Edward Hearn Actor
Robert E. Homans Bill the Detective
Thomas E. Jackson Actor
John Larkin Porter
Walter Long Stutsy Burke
Fred Malatesta Headwaiter
Garry Owen Detective
Bert Roach Foster
Rolfe Sedan Actor
Gertrude Short Marion
Ben Taggart Police Captain
Phil Tead Actor
Dink Templeton Reporter
Harry Tenbrook Guest
Huey White Tefler
Leo White Waiter
Charles Williams Fight Manager

Technical Credits
W.S. Van Dyke Director
William Axt Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Frances Goodrich Screenwriter
Albert Hackett Screenwriter
James Wong Howe Cinematographer
Robert J. Kern Editor
Hunt Stromberg Producer
David Townsend Art Director
Dolly Tree Costumes/Costume Designer
Edwin B. Willis Art Director
Dashiell Hammett Source Author

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