Happy New Year from Nick, Nora, and Asta…

The Thin Man on TCM

Happy New Year! It was great to see TCM (Turner Classic Movies) running The Thin Man as their New Year’s Eve movie. This is a particularly special series for us — they made 6 movies in total — and we named our oldest daughter (Myrna) after Myrna Loy.

Based on the classic novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett, the original The Thin Man premiered in 1934, and made stars of William Powell and Myrna Loy, whose magnetic on-screen energy immediately captivated the imagination of the public.

From the Wikipedia entry for the film:

Nick is a hard-drinking, retired private detective, and Nora is a wealthy heiress. Their wire-haired fox terrier Asta is played by canine actor Skippy.

The film’s screenplay was written by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich, a married couple. In 1934, the film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. The titular “Thin Man” is not Nick Charles, but the man Charles is initially hired to find – Clyde Wynant (part way through the film, Charles describes Wynant as a “thin man with white hair”). The “Thin Man” moniker was thought by many viewers to refer to Nick Charles and, after a time, it was used in the titles of sequels as if referring to Charles.

IMO, the fact that the script was written by a married couple is part of the secret of the film — the dialogue between Nick and Nora has that natural sparky familiarity that great couples have in their daily interactions. For Suzy and myself their relationship was an aspirational model, and in many ways we’ve modeled our own marriage and relationship on the Thin Man movies. For the record, the 6 films were:

I love that TCM kicked off the New Year with this great film — it augers well for a great 2016!!!