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)
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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.Read more ›
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"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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Love the Thin Man movies just wish the all where in this group. But I will be buying the other two to complete the collectionPublished 14 days ago by Marie S
A fun romp. Nothin like Nick and Nora and of course, Asta. Got some good old cartoons too.Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
I love "The Thin Man". Theses DVDs I bought from Amazon are perfect. The picture and sound qualities are awesome and I enjoyed every moment watching these great films. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Lotus Flower
Classic films so there is no review necessary. However the packaging is poor, the 4 discs are stacked together. I had to pry 2 of them apart. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Richard J. Mayer
Like all good movies, the original is the better of those that follow. For 1931 The Thin Man was great! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Norman Hannah