The Thin Man
Directed by W.S. Van Dyke. Starring William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan, Cesar Romero. (1934, NR, 93 min.)
REVIEWED By Marjorie Baumgarten, Mon., Jan. 7, 2002
Nick and Nora Charles are one of the screen's great couples. In this filmed-in-two-weeks quickie, the groundwork was set for the abundantly successful series of films that uniquely combined elements of screwball comedy and detective mystery. The characters are the invention of Dashiell Hammett, although the urbane chemistry between Myrna Loy and William Powell is the ultimate in romantic comedy. Along with their dog Asta, Nick and Nora were free spirits who indulged their whims and wandered into mysteries, whether they cared to or not. But, most of all, they had fun in this marriage between equals and sparkling companions.