This has been a hard month for team TwoGeeks, but we’re not going to miss episode seven of Find That Film. Why? Because it’s one of the best movies of all time. Endlessly quotable. Must watch. We present to you the classic film pairing of William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles in The Thin Man.
The Thin Man was adapted from Dashiell Hammett‘s novel of the same name. The story follows a retired detective whose bored heiress wife gets him back into the detecting game when his old friend (the thin man) goes missing before the holidays. The duo drink, quip, and detect together so smoothly you’ll wish you had a martini and a wire fox terrier (I know we do!). The mystery isn’t terribly tricky and the ending is a bit Agatha Christie, but by golly the cast and the writing hit this one out of the park. W. S. Van Dyke gets a fantastic performance out of the leads and a few well placed supports. The script was brought to life, and changed a bit from Hammett, by the amazing team of Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich. The public so loved this film, five additional Nick and Nora Charles movies were made.
In 1934, on screen couples weren’t this delightfully raw. Nick and Nora started it all: the banter, the drinking, the sex appeal of the married couple. Without our beloved rich detecting couple we wouldn’t have Murder by Death, Hart to Hart, or the more recent Beyond Belief from The Thrilling Adventure Hour.
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