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TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: The Thin Man Vol. 1 (The Thin Man / After the Thin Man / Another Thin Man / Shadow of the Thin Man) (2011)

William Powell , Myrna Loy  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: William Powell, Myrna Loy
  • Format: Black & White, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Turner Classic Movie
  • DVD Release Date: November 1, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005F265CU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,773 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic comedy sleuthing with Powell and Loy! July 29, 2011
The latest entry in Warner Home Video's "TCM Greatest Classic Films" series is this four-movie roundup of THIN MAN titles. Keen collectors would know that Warners previously issued all six films in the THIN MAN series in a big box set several years ago (complete with a bonus disc detailing the careers of stars William Powell and Myrna Loy); but casual viewers will appreciate the chance to enjoy the first four THIN MAN movies in a handy, space-saving double disc package.

THE THIN MAN - In the classic original THIN MAN (1934), we first meet adorable Nick and Nora Charles and their pet dog-mascot, Asta. Nick (William Powell), a former sleuth, wants to settle down into a quiet lifestyle and manage Nora's (Myrna Loy) various inheritances, but his fun-loving wife would adore for Nick to involve them in the occasional murder mystery. She gets her wish when Nick's former client Wynant (Edward Ellis) goes AWOL shortly before his daughter (Maureen O'Sullivan) is to be married. Special Features: "Thin Man" trailer gallery.

AFTER THE THIN MAN - Arriving back at their San Francisco home just in time for New Years Eve, Nick and Nora are immediately plunged into yet another baffling murder mystery, this time concerning Nora's cousin Selma (Elissa Landi), who is discovered holding a gun over the dead body of her philandering husband. Penny Singleton and a young Jimmy Stewart co-star. Special Features: Robert Benchley comedy short "How to Be a Detective", classic cartoon "The Early Bird and the Worm", and the trailer.

ANOTHER THIN MAN - When Nick and Nora are invited to the Long Island estate of Colonel MacFay (C. Aubrey Smith), an old business associate of Nora's father, they gather up Asta and little Nicky Jr.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TCM rocks! January 15, 2012
The first four films are the best in the series so to get them all at one price that is affordable is certainly worth it. Not much along the lines of bonus extras (for those you need to get the BIG box set that has all six movies) but if all you want is the movies and nothing more, it's worth it. Picture quality is superb (could we expect different from TCM? of course not). Myrna Loy and William Powell have great chemistry and it shows here.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Four times a Thin Man August 7, 2011
Rarely has so little spawned so many good sequels. In this case, "little" is Dashiell Hammett's classic detective novel "The Thin Man," a gritty detective story about a pair of married society sleuths, the legendary Nick and Nora Charles. The resulting movie (and its sequels) are prettier, brighter and wittier than Hammett's novel, but even the least of these four mysteries is fun.

"The Thin Man" was the sparkling film that started it all. While shaking a martini to the waltz, Nick Charles investigates the disappearance of an old client, and the murder of his secretary-lover, who was stealing from him. It seems like an easy case, but Nick isn't convinced. Ex-wives, anguished daughters, long-suffering cops and creepy stool pigeons all show up for a dinnertime revelation...

"After the Thin Man" returns Nick and Nora to San Francisco. They find that Nora's cousin Selma (Elissa Landi) has been abandoned by her husband (Jimmy Stewart) for a sexy nightclub entertainer, and that he's also blackmailing her ex-boyfriend. Soon he turns up dead, and it's up to Nick and Nora to clear Selma's name....

"Another Thin Man" is an adaptation of another Hammett short story, and introduces us to Baby Charles. The new parents arrive in Long Island to visit an old friend of the family, who claims that a former business partner is trying to kill him. Of course, he dies. Disappearing bodies, international suspects, and lots of martinis are par for the course...

"Shadow of the Thin Man" takes the Charles family to the racetrack, where a jockey is unexpectedly killed. Nick doesn't want to be torn away from his vices, but he reluctantly gets involved when the bodies start to pile up. Gambling syndicates, lethal sports and milk-drinking are all tied up in this.
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The original THIN MAN movie (1934) narrowly missed being a "B" picture for MGM, and Louis B. Mayer was opposed to casting Myrna Loy as Nora Charles, society wife of part-time detective Nick Charles (William Powell). Fortunately for us, Mayer was won over and the THIN MAN became not only a hit movie but spawned five sequels; all but the last two accompany the original on this well-priced TCM set.

The entire series stars Powell and Loy as Nick and Nora Charles and feature Skippy the wire-haired fox terrier (or a descendant) as "Asta," the clever and irrepressible Charles pooch. The characters of Nick and Nora Charles were based on the original THIN MAN novel by detective writer Dashiell Hammett, who based the husband-and-wife team loosely on himself and companion of the time Lillian Hellman. Actual screenplay credit for the first three movies in the series goes to the writing team of Hackett and Goodrich, who gave the dialog so much of these movies' classically Thirties sparkle and punch.

The series alternates between San Francisco, where Nora Charles grew up, and New York City, Nick's haunt, where 1930s sophisticates with money wanted to be. THE THIN MAN original (1934) got its title not from Powell's slender form, but from eccentric New York inventor Clyde Wynant, who disappears after being suspected of murdering his wife. Mostly for the fun of it, Nick and Nora take the case, which culminates in an Agatha Christie-like "confrontation" dinner party in which all suspects are assembled, from high society to lowest-life gangsters.

Sample dialog -- After Nick is winged by a mug's bullet, he and Nora discuss the exaggerated accounts of his injury in the newspapers:
NORA: It says you were shot twice in the morning papers. And five times in the tabloids.
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