The Thin Man makes heavy drinking and smoking look classy

wp0da5e6d1The Thin Man.(1934)

Cast: William Powell, Myrna Loy,Maureen O’Sullivan

Writers: Albert Hackett,Frances Goodwich

Director:  W.S. Van Dyke

Never before has the idea of heavy drinking and smoking look oh so glamorous as it does in this 1934 comedy mystery.  Nick and Nora(William Powell, Myrna Loy not to be confused with Michael Cera and Kat Dennings who had an infinite play list) are detectives who care more about finishing a case of scotch rather then the actual one they are hired to solve.  The first thing we see this couple do when they are on screen together is order a round of shots for each other.   After they wake up from a hangover, the first thing Nick does is make himself another cocktail.  Soon afterwards Nora joins him.  If this movie was to be set today.  They would be disregarded as just addicts but in the thirties they could almost be considered as heroes.

When one of Nick’s old friends goes missing after the death of  his secretary.  He is immediately blamed for the murder.  His daughter( Maureen O’Sullivan) doesn’t believe that he is guilty and asks Nick for some help.  So with a scotch in one hand and a pen in the other.  Our intoxicated sleuth  goes on the case.

the-thin-man-bar-sceneThe best thing about this flick is the interaction between Nick and Nora.  They are among my favorite on screen couples of all time.  You can tell just by certain looks they give each other that these two are in love without having to say it.  They are at that point in their relationship where they are fully comfortable with the other person.  Even when other guys flirt with Nora.  Nick is so confident in himself and his wife that never feels any jealousy.

The only thing I did not care for in this flick was the mystery itself.  I had no interest in them finding out where this person was or who even committed the crime in the first place.  The actual reveal was also kind of weak because I felt it never fully explained that person’s motives.

the-thin-manWith alcohol being illegal thanks to prohibition laws.  Having two characters sort of say “Fuck All” to the rules and drink in excess makes them very much rebels inside the system.  They help out with the law by catching dangerous criminals but since they each have their own vices.  They could almost be considered  criminals themselves.   I liked these characters so much that I plan to check out more movies in this series.  But for now I am going to leave and work on my own mystery.  The mystery of the disappearing whiskey.

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About The Vern

I love movies and I enjoy writing about them too. They both go pretty much hand in hand with eachother and it's fun to discover new classics. I also cohost the podcast As You Watch and write for The Cinematic Katzenjammer.
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6 Responses to The Thin Man makes heavy drinking and smoking look classy

  1. jjames36 says:

    Hmmmm …. whiskey. What’s your favorite?

    And the movie sounds good, too. I might check it out at some point.

  2. Love the sound of this one. I’ve added it to my watch list!

  3. The Vern says:

    Thank you. It is a fun one. It made me want to see more of Nick and Nora.

  4. Laura O says:

    I love these films and got the box set for Christmas which I can highly recommend.

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