The Thin Man1934 | 91 min. | Rated PG | Comedy, Mystery/Suspense
Monday March 04, 2013
Martha's Vineyard Film Center
$12 General Admission, $7 Member
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening - buy at center
Filmed on what MGM considered a B-picture budget and schedule (14 days, which at Universal or Columbia would have been considered extravagant), The Thin Man proved to be “sleeper,” spawning a popular film, radio, and television series. Contrary to popular belief, the title does not refer to star William Powell, but to Edward Ellis, playing the mean-spirited inventor who sets the plot in motion.
The film’s strong suit is the witty repartee between Nick and Nora Charles, who manage to behave like saucily illicit lovers throughout the film even though they’re married. The chemistry between William Powell and Myrna Loy would be adroitly exploited by MGM in several subsequent films, including five additional Thin Man mysteries produced between 1936 and 1948.
"The Thin Man was one of the most popular films of 1934, inspired five sequels, and was nominated for four Oscars (best picture, actor, direction and screenplay). Yet it was made as an inexpensive B-picture."
--Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"An excellent combination of comedy and excitement."
--Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"One of the most popular comedies ever made."
--Don Druker, Chicago Reader