The Thin Man Movie Review Summary

Actors: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan

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When a girl's father goes missing, she enlists the help of a family friend, a former private detective.
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At first, the detective wants no part of the case, but he becomes more intrigued with every new twist.
When the missing man's new wife is killed, the evidence points to him. The police are convinced he killed her and is in hiding.
When a friend of the dead woman is killed, the man is blamed for his death too.
When another body is found buried in the man's work shop, he's blamed for that murder too.
However, the detective has figured things out. He gathers everybody involved. He explains, much to everyone's surprise, that the body buried in the shop is the missing man and whoever killed him also framed him for the deaths of the wife and her friend.
The detective tricks the man's ex-wife, who knows who the killer is but was paid to keep quiet, into telling everyone who the actual killer is. The actual killer was the missing man's lawyer and friend who killed him when he found out that the lawyer, with his new wife, was stealing from him.
The review of this Movie prepared by Brandon Swenson

The Charleses are newly married and enjoying the holidays with a few cocktails until a chance meeting with Dorothy Wynant (O'Sullivan), the daughter of an acquaintance. Young Miss Wynant wants Nick Charles (Powell) to come out of retirement to help her when her father appears to be a major suspect in a murder case. Nick's independently wealthy wife, Nora (Loy), has only heard tales about her husband's detecting prowess and wants him on the case so she can experience the thrill of the chase. Nick is reluctant to get involved, but the police are on the wrong trail and Wynant has vanished, seemingly without a trace. After questioning all the possible suspects, Nick invites them all to dinner at his place -- served up by the police -- to see what happens when the martinis and the suspects's nerves are shaken, not stirred.

This is a noir lite film based on the Dashiell Hammett novel. There has rarely been such comic chemistry as that between Powell and Loy. This was just the beginning.
The review of this Movie prepared by ldpaulson

Script Analysis of The Thin Man

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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Story of    -   catching brutal killer/stalker Comedy or Parody about    -   cops/detectives How much humor v. drama    -   Somewhat more humor than serious drama

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Misc setting    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Any profanity?    -   None Is this movie based on a    -   book

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