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It is common wisdom that the Thin Man sequels adhere to the law of diminishing returns, and while none of the follow-ups reach the diamond level of the first film, all afford pleasures. There's the cocktail-swilling chemistry of Powell and Loy, for one thing, as well as the considerable satisfaction of average movies made during the studio system: the craftsmanship of studio hands, and a gallery of terrific character actors filling in supporting roles. First sequel After the Thin Man (1936) is very good, with the couple in San Francisco and a supporting part for rising player James Stewart. The scenery moves again, to Long Island, for the rather impudently-titled Another Thin Man (1939), which adds baby Nick, Jr., to the mix (a "bad idea," thought Pauline Kael, perhaps a sign of the domestication of the series).
Shadow of the Thin Man (1941) sets the action around a racetrack, and is the last of the series to be directed by the fast-working Van Dyke. The Thin Man Goes Home (1944) finds Nick escorting family to his parents' house for a visit. Song of the Thin Man (1947) engagingly adds a jazz milieu to the Charles's detective work; at this point, Nick, Jr. was played by child star Dean Stockwell. The series stuck with certain staples: the unveiling of the guilty party, a wirehaired terrier named Asta (who became a star in its own right), and booze. When Nick opines, in the first film, that a dry martini should always be shaken to "waltz time," you know why audiences fell in love with these guilt-free comedies. --Robert Horton
Some of the best movies of all time. Some movies get dated and lose something over the years. The Thin Man however is still as witty and charming as ever. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Zombee
William Powell, I LOVE you! You may have died before I was born, but you ROCK! And Myrna Loy! These movies are so old they were made when my MOM was little, and I'M already oldish. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Artcat
We watch these over and over and still love them! The duo of Nick and Nora was a perfect match.
I laugh so hard at Nick's eye rolling. Read more
I was hooked on the Thin Man movies as a kid - they are still as good as 60 years agoPublished 14 days ago by Robert Burnett
Great movie collection with William Powell and Myrna LoyPublished 17 days ago by Enrico F Consiglio