William Powell and Myrna Loy star as Nick and Nora Charles, in the first of this 6 film comedy-mystery series. He’s a former dectective and she’s rich and together they solve mysteries just for fun. And their pet dog Asta is along for the ride. The Thin Man is one of the great slapstick comedies from the 1930’s; the jokes are fast and it is full of pratfalls.
Here are my five reasons to watch The Thin Man:
1. It is wildly popular. The Thin Man is based on a Dashiell Hammett novel and it spawned a radio play where Loy and Powell reprised their roles, a television series, and even a musical.
2. The on screen chemistry between Loy and Powell is irresistible. There is reason why this first film led to more than a few sequels (five to be exact.)
3. The dialogue is some of the best ever written. Just watch this video below and you’ll see what I mean. My favorite line comes from Nora: “Waiter, will you serve the nuts? I mean, will you serve the guests the nuts?”
4. Asta is more than just Loy and Powell’s trusty pet dog. In many ways, Asta was the film’s breakout star.
5. It’s influence can be found everywhere. Every time there is bumbling but hilariously witty detective in a movie or on your television screen, thank Nick Charles.
Updated October 6, 2010