The Thin Man
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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 recently divorced Clyde Wynant (Ellis) discovers that his new girlfriend, Julia Wolf (Natalie Moorhead), has stolen 50,000 dollars and is carrying on with other men. Not long afterward, he… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One of the most popular comedies ever made."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"An excellent combination of comedy and excitement."
‑ Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"Truly, a film in which there is never a dull moment."
‑ , Film4
"As charming as its headliners are, The Thin Man is brought down to the merely solid level by its flimsy narrative."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"Even after 70 years, this extraordinarily entertaining romantic comedy/mystery is still fresh, and holds up to repeated viewings mostly thanks to William Powell and Myrna Loy's sparkling chemistry."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The Thin Man was an entertaining novel, and now it's an entertaining picture."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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
"There's wonderful chemistry between William Powell and Myrna Loy, who make sleuthing, marriage and drinking cool and sexy"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"One can't say enough good things about the playful interplay between Powell and Loy."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Elegant, frisky, funny, sly... what else are you looking for, exactly?"
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"What enchants, really, is the relationship between Nick and Nora as they live an eternal cocktail hour, bewailing hangovers that only another little drink will cure, in a marvellous blend of marital familiarity and constant courtship."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"Tense and slick, this early thriller remains a true masterpiece."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"A style of pure ebullience"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The Thin Man, produced way back in 1934, just isn't that funny any more."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Beautifully shallow, sophisticated and smart. The Thin Man is pure slapstick noir."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
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