The Thin Man Movies – Still a Barrel of Laughs

The Thin Man Movies – Still a Barrel of Laughs

If TCM went off the air, you would hear my screams of agony throughout the atmosphere.  My hands-down favourites are the Thin Man movies.  This is a series starring James Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles.  Nick is a retired police detective and Nora is a very wealthy heiress.  The films follow their adventures in trying not to solve crimes.  Nick always hands the cases off to the authorities but they happily turn them back over to him.  The stories are interesting and the writing is superb.  Then again, the first film is based on a Dashiell Hammett book.  The Thin Man was released in 1934 and the jokes still work.  Here’s a montage of that snappy dialogue from the first two films: