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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
I saw when I was just a kid and I loved the movies then. I've waited YEARS to have all 6 Thin Man movies so I can watch them any time I want! Read morePublished 1 day ago by Emma's reviews
Love this collection. Have watched the movies more than once, and they are great.Published 4 days ago by Linda E. Hostnick
I have always loved these movies when I was growing up. I started looking for them occasionally and it is great to have the entire collection. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Linda K.
"What are you doing?" "Putting away this liquor!" How can you NOT fall in love with Nick and Nora? Their shenanigans are epic, and the humor contagious. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Susan Harper
William Powell and Myrna Loy have great chemistry. The dry humor of the films made me smile. If you like mystery movies that are not in depth or gory these movies are for you. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Diane
Powell beat the odds and don't for get the women that with him. Shipping on time.Published 15 days ago by Sara Grieser
Love these "guys"!!! Smart, attractive and delightfully funny. What's not to like?Published 17 days ago by Carol