Sunday, March 8, 2009

The Thin Man Series

The Thin man

Then Thin Man Series:
The Thin Man 1934
After The Thin man 1936
Another Thin Man 1939
Shadow of The Thin Man 1941
The Thin Man Goes Home 1944
The Song of The Thin Man 1947

The story is set in Prohibition-era New York City. The main characters are a former private detective, Nick Charles, and his clever young wife, Nora. Nick, son of a Greek immigrant, has given up his career since marrying Nora, a wealthy socialite, and he now spends most of his time cheerfully getting drunk in hotel rooms and speakeasies. Nick and Nora have no children, but they do own a schnauzer named Asta, changed to a wire haired fox terrier for the movies.
Charles is drawn, mostly against his will, into investigating a murder. The case brings them in contact with a rather grotesque family, the Wynants, and also with an assortment of policemen and lowlifers. As they attempt to solve the case, Nick and Nora share a great deal of banter and snappy dialogue, along with copious amounts of alcohol. The characters of Nick and Nora are often thought to reflect the personalities of Hammett and his long-time lover, Lillian Hellman.
Because the "Thin Man" title was used for the subsequent movies, there is a widespread misapprehension that the term refers to Nick Charles himself; in fact it refers to Clyde Wynant, the mysterious and eccentric patriarch around whom the plot revolves.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Sharon-

    Great idea for your absolute favorite movies are The Thin Man series. I have seen them a million times and still love them!

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