Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Thin Man(1934).

The Thin Man(1934). Cast: William Powell and Myrna Loy. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, the film was directed by W.S. Van Dyke from a script by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich the screenplay was based on the mystery novel, The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett, based on his relationship with playwright Lillian Hellman. Also performing in the film: Maureen O'Sullivan, Nat Pendleton, Minna Gombell, Cesar Romero and Porter Hall.

When Dorothy Wynant shares with her father that she plans to marry, he takes off on a business trip, promising to return in time for her wedding. When Wynant does not return, Dorothy becomes worried. When Mimi goes to see, Wynant's mistress, she finds her dead, holding Wynant's watch chain.

Soon, Retired detective Nick Charles and his wife Nora are on the case. Wynant quickly becomes the prime suspect, but his daughter Dorothy does not believe he did it. She convinces Nick to take the case. Between very charmingly funny dialog, the couple tries to piece things together.

Fun Fact: The second of fourteen films pairing William Powell and Myrna Loy.

The Thin Man is a fast paced, stylish film. If you are interested in period fashions you will want to view this film. William Powell and Myrna Loy have amazing on screen chemistry.


Skippy aka Asta (born 1931 or 1932; retired 1939) was a Wire-Haired Fox Terrier. He is best known as "Asta" in the comedy The Thin Man, starring William Powell and Myrna Loy. Skippy's name was changed to Asta after the first, Thin Man film was released.

Other Films starring Skippy:

The Thin Man (1934)
The Big Broadcast of 1936 (1935)
The Lottery Lover (1935)
It's a Small World (1935)
The Daring Young Man
Sea Racketeers (1937)
The Awful Truth (1937)
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
I Am the Law (1938)
Topper Takes a Trip (1939)


  1. Great post Dawn. This is my favorite movie series of all time. And I think this is my favorite of the thin man movies, but the sequel After the thin Man is just as good. Might be too close to call. Anyway, great post and info about the dog Skippy as well.

  2. Thank you Monty, I just added the movie, After the Thin Man, to my ever growing DVD collection. :)


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