Friday, January 8, 2010

Capsule Review: The Thin Man (1934)

Nominated for multiple Academy Awards despite being filmed in a mere 14 days and featuring a plot that is nearly impossible to follow, the success of The Thin Man - as well as its many sequels - is a testament to the chemistry of the two leads, William Powell and Myrna Loy, who are so much fun to watch booze and bicker that you almost forget that the mystery plot is occasionally putting their lives in danger. The plot is barely important, Nick and Norah Charles get pulled into the fray when the scientist father of an acquaintance goes missing, but the alcohol-tinged, flirty charisma of the leads is infinitely infectious.

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