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The Thin Man (Snap case) (1934)

William Powell , Myrna Loy , W.S. Van Dyke  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan, Nat Pendleton, Minna Gombell
  • Directors: W.S. Van Dyke
  • Writers: Albert Hackett, Dashiell Hammett, Frances Goodrich
  • Producers: Hunt Stromberg
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006FDCS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,244 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Thin Man (Snap case)" on IMDb

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  • Trailers from all six Thin Man movies

Editorial Reviews

The fabulous Nick and Nora Charles, Dashiell Hammett's lovable sleuths, are up to their necks in murder.

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115 of 118 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Landmark Films of the 1930s Comes to DVD October 20, 2002
THE THIN MAN is a landmark film in so many ways that it is difficult to over-estimate either its impact or its brilliance. Based on the popular novel by Dashiell Hammet, the film presents us with a completely egalitarian husband and wife who trade witticisms as freely as they mix cocktails--and the concept was so completely unexpected that it proved extremely controversial in the 1930s and even today still sets the standard for witty comedies in which couples engage in clever verbal sparring. The script is sharp and clever; the cinematography by James Wong Howe anticipates later film noir by mixing glossy black and white beauty with an underlying grittiness; W.S. Van Dyke's direction is fast paced and never allows your attention to wander; the supporting cast is remarkably fine; and the production values offer MGM at the height of its considerable powers.
All of this would be enough to make THE THIN MAN memorable, but what really elevates it into a rarified atmosphere is the chemistry between leads William Powell and Myrna Loy, who handle their lines like sparkling rapiers, playing a combination of dry wit and unexpectedly silliness in high relief against a remarkably dark tale of multiple murder. Hard drinking, and mixing socially with both the uppercrust and the underworld, they are the people we would like to be in the sort of relationship we would like to acheive: glamorous, stylish, intelligent, and having tremendous fun as they work together to track down a missing inventor who may or may not be responsible for his lover's sudden murder. Although Powell and Loy made numerous films together, including five sequels to this one, THE THIN MAN shows them at their zenith, and I can think of no other screen couple to date who have played so effectively together.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
By Kiki
Format:VHS Tape
"Would you mind putting that (gun) away? My wife doesn't mind, but I'm a very timid fellow..." Talk about memorable movie lines! The Thin Man is simply one of the best detective films I have ever seen, and one of my favorite movies. William Powell and Myrna Loy star as Nick and Nora Charles, recently of California. Back in the Big Apple with Asta, their "courageous" sidekick pooch, the two drink ("Want a drink?" "What do you think?"), dine , and solve a murder case(reluctantly, on Nick's part) while giving the audience the time of their lives. Cleverly written and brilliantly played are Nick and Nora themselves, and William Powell and Myrna Loy rival Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. I give this film two VERY enthusiastic thumbs up, and recommend these for anyone with a good taste for movies in general. Who could forget Nick blasting a hole through the window and pretending to be asleep? Or Nora's first appearance, taking a huge spill as Asta drags her towards Nick? And who could forget that last endearing threat to Asta by Nora-"If you let anything happen to him, you'll never wag that tail again!" How...sweet.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
By forrie
William Powell & Myrna Loy played Nick & Nora Charles super detectives in 6 outstanding "Thin Man" movies over 13 years (1934-47).
They became America's favorite married rich eccentric drinking sleuths.
"The Thin Man" (1934)was their first installment in this most popular detective series. Now for the first time Powell & Loy are perfectly displayed on this digitally remastered DVD. The picture is absolutely crystal clear and very detailed in every frame. (Probally better than the original movie film release). The sound also digitally remastered allows us to here a pin drop without any distortion.
Warner Brothers AOL/Time Warner have done an outstanding job presenting this first of 6 films in the series perfectly.
The movie itself is a classic black & white black Hollywood comedy of the depression years. Allowing the world and its movie audiences a chance to escape for a few moments into the delightful comedic & thrilling lives of the rich millionairess Nora Charles and her semi-retired super sleuth husband Nick Charles.
Summary: The forever partying & drinking Nick & Nora Charles with their faithful dog Asta return East from California during the Christmas holiday to find themselves smack in the middle of a series of murders due to their famous sleuthing reputation. Everyone expects this is the real reason they have returned East. This movie is very good in it quick pace and many red herring leads keeping the suspects,police & audience guessing. Believe me this movie is fantastic & their are 5 more sequels to follow in the future on DVD. (I can't wait!!!)
Special Features: Theatrical Trailers of all 6 Thin Man movies.
Again you can't lose with most delight DVD presentation. William Powell, Myrna Loy & Asta are awesome. So buy it and watch over & over. This is 1930's Hollywood at its best. Enjoy.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BETTER THAN 5 STARS October 21, 2003
The Thin Man is the first in this series of six movies starring William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles...wealthy socialites and detectives. These movies made between 1934 and 1947 comprise six of the 13 collaborations between the two stars and is certainly their most famous work.
I cannot rave strongly enough about these movies, particularly the first which is the best in the series. Nick and Nora are in New York for Christmas and find themselves having to investigate and eventually solve several murders.
The chemistry between the two stars is what makes these movies. It would seem as if they really were married. The Thin Man is outrageously funny with a lot of sexual innuendo which was certainly outrageous for the time period.
The movies are always filled with great character actors. Those faces you know even if you don't know the names. The dialog sparkles as the two drink their way through solving the crimes. honestly, being drunk has never been this funny.
Some may feel that it glamorizes alcohol, but lets remember that this was the early 1930's. The Christmas party in their posh hotel room is priceless.
My only complaint is that it seems there are little in the way of extras on the DVD. What a shame. While outtakes may not still exist, certainly some interviews and commentary with film historians would have been a welcome addition. Still..these are a definite add to your collection
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Old school but great school!
The Thin Man series is just awesome! It is unique and enjoyable and nothing like it is made anymore. Sad how television has changed so much!
Published 12 days ago by Jason M. Buhalis
5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic!
A great old movie, classic who done it, and hilariously funny! A most see for any age. Gives drinking a true purpose!
Published 14 days ago by Old Arizona
5.0 out of 5 stars Thin Man... thick rich performing & writing
Good heavens, is this a great movie or what? A wonderfully politically incorrect film about a master detective and his rich, loving wife who are absolutely POUNDED drunk from start... Read more
Published 18 days ago by James Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Back when writing was key
Simply put, if you like great banter or great mystery writing, this series is for you. Sure, not too much music, not any insane action scenes, but simply masterful acting and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Media_maniac
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie
The Thin Man offers a wonderful cast of characters from the main cast to the extras. Great twists that make you think. Astra is great.
Published 1 month ago by Donna Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this
William Powell and Myrna Loy are awsome on their own but teaming up in the Thin man series makes for true classics.If your into movies of this era this is a must see.
Published 2 months ago by Rick Michaelsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Classics whodunit!
The pacing is fast, the costumes are amazing, and the chemistry between William Powell and Myrna Loy is on fire.
Published 2 months ago by Hosanna H. Banks
3.0 out of 5 stars A movie Classic- not quite gritty enough for me.
I love film noir.
I bought this as it is famous, and i thought I would enjoy a good B movie with
lots of shadows and intrigue. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Matty
4.0 out of 5 stars Good old time fun viewing
Back to a time when movies where entertaining. No predictive programming, murky plots, CGI nonsense, etc. Just sit back and relax for 90 minutes.
Published 3 months ago by Bill Michaels
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor choice for those with limited hearing
Many of Amazon's movies are now captioned; these classics are not. With all the jaunty. very English dialogue, had to turn it off after 5 minutes.
Published 3 months ago by Eugene D. Brindle
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