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  • Series: Film Series
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: BearManor Media (November 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593934009
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593934002
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #901,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Charles Tranberg's other books:

"By virtue of its amazing output and longevity, Moorehead's career, not to mention life, would be almost impossible to contain in a single volume, but Tranberg is in command of his subject, deftly covering the wide expanse of Agnes Moorehead's world."

Laura Wagner, Classic Images, review of I Love the Illusion: The Life and Career of Agnes Moorehead.

"This is a fond look at one of the most durable and under-appreciated stars in Hollywood history."

Tom Clegett, The Santa Fe New Mexican, review of Fred MacMurray: A Biography.

About the Author

Charles Tranberg has written four books on Classic Hollywood and contributed articles to CLASSIC IMAGES and FILMS OF THE GOLDEN AGE. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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It is a good classic series.
Denise J. Bentley
A great guide for the Thin Man movies.
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Lots of behind the scenes stories.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Scott O'Brien on December 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
The meaty information and "behind the scenes" anecdotes in this delightful volume, make "Murder Over Coctails" a must for every classic film aficionado. As many times as I have seen all The Thin Man films, I absolutely relished reading each synopsis (peppered with some of Nick and Nora's best dialogue). The challenge came when I had to quiz myself as to who-done-it, as author Tranberg is NOT forthcoming with that tantalizing tidbit. Tranberg does an excellent job paying homage to William "A Touch of Class" Powell, and Myrna "A Woman of Convictions" Loy. I sensed who they were as individuals, behind all that marvelous talent. Tranberg provides box-office and critical response for each of the 6 Thin Man films, making the book a handy reference as well as an excellent read. One of the book's highlights are the mini-biographies of the supporting cast for each film, as well as the producers, directors, and scenarists. Tranberg has done his homework on these people, and despite a few typos (ie., "Freund" becomes "Freud" at one point), he does a grand job of showing their major contributions to the film industry, their connections to one another, and offers a intimate glimpse into their personal lives. Nice selection of photos, too!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Wynn on June 2, 2009
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Charles Tranberg, author of the highly-praised "I Love the Illusion: The Life and Career of Agnes Moorehead", has turned his attention to the Thin Man film series and offers a sterling effort with "The Thin Man: Murder Over Cocktails." It's a well-written and researched work and considering the paucity of material and interviewees available, it's a valiant effort, too. In writing a book about Nick and Nora's screen adventures, Tranberg has to compete with the sad reality that the internet has made books like this largely superfluous. However, I'm glad that there's even a Thin Man book available in this day and age. "Murder Over Cocktails" is informative, but isn't always focused on the film series itself. That's because there just isn't all that much Thin Man information around.

The set up in "Murder Over Cocktails" is simple: Tranberg lays out a brief plot synopsis, adds some memorable quotes from the film, includes a precious handful of anecdotes about the behind-the-scenes goings on, many of which have appeared in Jon Tuska's "The Detective In Hollywood" and Myrna Loy's autobiography, "Being and Becoming." The rest of the chapter is a rundown of blurbs from various press sources of the day, which extolled each movie's virtues, as well as the supporting players' career highlights. In fact, so much space is dedicated to actor biographies that I found occasionally myself impatiently flipping ahead in the dim hope that I'd find something else--anything--on the movies themselves. The index wasn't any help--there isn't one! Curse you, Bear Manor Press! However, these actor and technician profiles may prove to be the best thing about Murder Over Cocktails.
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BearManor Media presents "THE THIN MAN: MURDER OVER COCKTAILS" (Paperback), by Charles Tranberg (Author) --- A Must have and recommend "The Thin Man: Murder Over Cocktails" - for die-hard fans of The Thin Man and its sequels --- Like myself and other fans of Nick and Nora Charles who will likely find additional information that is new to them --- Please take note the amusing behind-the-scenes anecdotes concerning the making of one of the most satisfying series in film history --- Author Tranberg gave us some of the most memorable moments from it's two stars that will remain with us forever.

INCLUDED IN THIS BOOK:
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Foreword -------------- 1
Chapter One: William Powell: A Touch of Class ---- 6
Chapter Two: Myrna Loy: A Woman of Convictions --- 26
Chapter Three: The Thin Man -------- 49
Chapter Four: After The Thin Man ------- 103
Chapter Five: Another Thin Man ------- 149
Chapter Six: Shadow of the Thin Man ---- 187
Chapter Seven: The Thin Man Goes Home --- 214
Chapter Eight: Song of The Thin Man ------ 250
Bibliography ------ 281
Support Actor Photo Gallery ------ 288

BIOS:
1. William Powell
Date of Birth: 29 July 1892 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Date of Death: 5 March 1984 - Palm Springs, California

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JCN on October 7, 2012
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A great book about a great series. Lots of behind the scenes stories. The exhaustively researched bios on all involved actors, producers and directors has me creating a must see list of more movies. The bios are cross referenced and very thorough. The only thing I wish that there were some more behind the scenes photos instead of the stock studio shots.
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