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The Thin Man (1934)
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The Thin Man (1934)

  Movie House Memories Episode #112
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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer released The Thin Man to theaters on May 25, 1934. W. S. Van Dyke directed the film which starred William Powell, Myrna Loy, and Maureen O’Sullivan.

‘The Thin Man’ Movie Summary

Back in the Hollywood’s Pre-Code era, functional alcoholism was the key to comedy gold, and ‘The Thin Man’ lead, William Powell, delivered an excellent drunk. Powell plays Nick Charles, a detective looking to leave the business once and for all, and settle down with his equally alcoholic, but extremely delightful socialite-wife, Nora.

When the two lovebirds visit New York City for Christmas, Dorothy Wynant seeks out Nick, and compels him to investigate the whereabouts of her father, Clyde, who mysteriously vanished on a super secret business trip.

Dorothy, Nora, and even the local police convince Nick to take the case. What starts out as a missing person’s case soon turns into murder, mystery, and intrigue…along with more drinking.

Finally, Nick invites all the suspects to a dinner party where he slowly recounts everything that has happened. Although Nick isn’t 100% sure who the killer is, he knows the killer will eventually reveal himself in the end…which he does as he tries to shoot another suspect. The police get their man. Nick gets his drink, and Nora gets a train ride to pound town.

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  • Eddie

    Great podcast. Not sure what the first series of films in Hollywood was, but it definitely wasn’t The Thin Man since Tarzan and Charlie Chan predate it. William Powell is great, I love My Man Godfrey and Libeled Lady. Sad to hear this podcast will now only be monthly, but I understand. What day is the Aliens podcast? Looking forward to it.

    • MHMChris

      We are going to be releasing these on the 15th of every month, so Aliens will be on 1/15.

      • Eddie

        Which version of aliens will you all be watching? Big differences between theatrical and directors cut. Oh and apparently WB was developing a Thin Man remake a while back with Johnny Depp as Nick.

        • MHMChris

          Funny you ask that. I watched the theatrical cut and everyone else watched the director’s cut…we talk about it a bit.

          • Eddie

            Oh that’s interesting. Have you seen the directors cut before? It seems like most people that didn’t see in it in 1986 have only seen the directors cut. I have a bit of nostalgia for the theatrical cut since I saw it so many times on vhs as a kid.

          • MHMChris

            No, but I need to see it to compare and contrast!