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The Thin Man
Mordsache Dünner Mann

USA 1934
produced by
Hunt Stromberg for Cosmopolitan Productions/MGM
directed by W.S. Van Dyke
starring William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan, Nat Pendleton, Minna Gombell, Porter Hall, Henry Wadsworth, William Henry, Harold Huber, Cesar Romero, Natalie Moorhead, Edward Brophy, Edward Ellis, Cyril Thornton
screenplay by Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich, based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett, music by William Axt

Thin Man, Thin Man (William Powell, Myrna Loy)

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Nick Charles (William Powell) has once been a private detective, but he has given up his job long ago to get perpetually drunk at the side of his rich wife Nora (Myrna Loy). And when a friend of his, Dorothy Wynant (Maureen O'Sullivan) asks him to investigate the disappearance of her father (William Henry), he's less than interested. Thing is though, everybody else thinks he's on the case by mere association, and when finally a murder - the girlfriend (Natalie Moorhead) of the missing man - happens, Nick does get sucked into the case pretty much against his will ... especially when Dorothy insists on confessing to the murder though it's quite obvious she didn't do it (and it's later revealed that she believed her father was the killer and wanted to protect him).

Eventually, a second murder happens, a shady guy (Harold Huber) who was obviously a witness to the first murder, and before you know it, Wynant is the prime suspect in both cases, especially since he still remains on the loose. Nick comes up with the idea to search Wynant's shop, and wouldn't you know it, he finds a skeleton, which everybody believes to be the body of Wynant's arch enemy, but Nick has other ideas.

In the finale, Nick, Nora and Nick's friend police Lt Guild (Nat Pendleton) come up with the idea to invite all the suspects in the case (minus Wynant) to a dinner, including of course Dorothy, her money-grabbing mother (Minna Gombell), mum's shady second husband (Cesar Romero), Wynant's deceased girlfriend's other boyfriend (Edwaqrd Brophy), Wynant's bookkeeper with a criminal past (Cyril Thornton), and of course Wynant's lawyer MacCauley (Porter Hall) - and once they are all here, Nick makes a decisive revelation: The skeleton found in Wynant's shop was actually Wynant himself, and with him dead, the murderer must be one of those around the dinner table ... and Nick eventually reveals the killer to be MacCauley, who wanted to get his hands on Wynant's money. Instead though, he gets his just desserts ...

 

One of the funniest murder mysteries ever: The point here is that this film never takes its basic whodunnit storyline any less than seriously, but dresses it up with an interesting ensemble cast, an unlikely drunk in the lead, clever oneliners and snappy dialogue, and of course the undeniable on-screen chemistry between Myrna Loy and William Powell. Also, the film is paced just right to never let the funny scenesw hijack the serious plot or vice versa. That the story this film is based on also doesn't suck doesn'T hurt one bit neither.

A must-see.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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