Phillip Duggan (sparhawk2k) wrote in celluloidraving,
Phillip Duggan

Another Thin Man (1939) ... 9.0/10


As the Thin Man series continues, Nick and Nora Charles (William Powell and Myrna Loy) now have a young child, Nickie Jr. After their previous adventures they are looking for a little peace and quiet, but of course that just won't do. They are enticed by Col. MacFay to help figure out yet another mystery. This time it could even endanger Nora or the fortune which Nick holds so dear, as the subject of the mystery is being threatened for a supposed horrible past injustice which nobody can prove. Nick works his way through the suspects with plenty of fun twists and turns to help keep things interesting.

Besides the original Thin Man film, it seems that this is the only other film in the series based on a story by Dashiell Hammett. I don't think it was originally a Thin Man sequel, but once they've written the screenplay you really can't tell. The story fits Nick and Nora perfectly and while their child sometimes seems almost randomly inserted, he's easily cute enough to make up for it. Especially with Asta in the scene.

Again, what really seems to make this film is the chemistry between William Powell and Myrna Loy. Without the two of them (and their delightful characters) the entire series wouldn't be worth watching. But when you throw in the two of them and the usual random assortment of character actors, everything once again takes off. While this installment is maybe a bit darker and more subdued than the previous two, it still has everything I loved. The two of them are still one of the greatest movie couples I've ever seen and they still have some of the most amusing banter. The entire film is full of fun jokes and comments and it still doesn't manage to overshadow the story.

While I do tend to make fun of the endless sequels we see these days it's not because of the sequels themselves so much as the fact that they're not more like this. While there is very little connection between any of the Thin Man films (besides Nick and Nora) they still manage to work well. They capture the charm and the entertaining antics that worked so well twice before and give them a chance to work again. They didn't try to do too much with the film besides make an amusing and enjoyable movie. And if you enjoyed the first or second in the series then I'm sure you'll enjoy this too.

Nora Charles: (On the phone) "Oh we had a lovely trip. Nick was sober in Kansas City."
Nick Charles: (To a stuffed panda softly) "That's a very bitter woman."

Nora Charles: I got rid of all those reporters.
Nick Charles: What did you tell them?
Nora Charles: We're out of scotch.
Nick Charles: What a gruesome idea.

Gatekeeper: What's the idea of the kid?
Nick Charles: Well, we have a dog, and he was lonesome. That was the idea, wasn't it, Mummy?

Nora Charles: How did you know I was here?
Nick Charles: I saw a great group of men standing around a table. I knew there was only one woman in the world who could attract men like that. A woman with a great lot of money.
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