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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Another Thin Man (1939)

William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles had the most fantastic chemistry, not even Tracy and Hepburn could touch them, especially in the THIN MAN franchise. This was the third entry in the series and it’s quite fun though the plot seems more convoluted than need be (though the murderer is fairly easy to figure out). While the Charles are guests for the weekend at a country estate, their cranky, grumpy unpleasant host (C. Aubrey Smith) is found brutally murdered and there are a plethora of suspects. The film’s casual attitude toward murder may be somewhat unsettling at times (there’s a moment when Powell suspects someone is in danger but he doesn’t do anything to stop it), the witty banter and elegant camaraderie between Powell and Loy (and that scene stealing Asta) goes a long way in overlooking the film’s flaws. With Virginia Grey, Otto Kruger, Patric Knowles, Ruth Hussey, Marjorie Main, Sheldon Leonard, Harry Bellaver and Nat Pendleton.

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