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Need help with quote
- Laura K
Hi all! I'm hoping someone can help me with a quote from an old TCM b&w movie I saw. I'm fairly certain it was William Powell who spoke the line, but I could be wrong. It was definitely a movie with quick lines....like the Thin Man series, however, it could have been from something different. The line is: "He's so crooked he could hide behind (or under) a spiral staircase." Whoever spoke it was sitting in some public place across a table from another man, to whom he said it. I'm wondering about it because I found out that there's a similar line from a book by English author, P. G. Wodehouse, which was published posthumously, but well after the movie would have been made. Here it is, copied & pasted from Wikiquotes: Sunset at Blandings (1977 (posthumously published)) "Many a man may look respectable, and yet be able to hide at will behind a spiral staircase." I'm wondering if he saw the movie & expounded on it. Although, they didn't mention when he actually wrote the book, either. I did several net searches, to no avail. Oddly, IMDB.com didn't even have any of the Thin Man series movies listed for Powell beyond the first one. I was checking there for the quote. Anyone?
a true classic
One of my all time favorite films. It follows as a very close second to The Maltese. Falcon. Hmm, could there be a connection?
The Thin Man
- Michael Whitty
Nick and Nora turned out to be a wonderful investigating team of humor and brains as here they have to find a missing inventor. William Powell and Myrna Loy had fun with six "Thin Man" movies of the 30s and 40s as the comedy and suspense entertained in an intriguing way. The way they were written was key here as writers dreamed up something new with each turn. Scripts were written better in the past than now and private-eye movies had more plot twists.
Will the real Clyde Wynant, please, stand up!!!
- Marianne McDermott
All these reviews and many others are jumping for joy over the teaming of William Powell and Myrna Loy. Please!!!Nothing at all against their teaming and their acting abilities, BUT DO CHECK OUT EDWARD ELLIS - AS HE IS THE TRUE, "THIN MAN" OF THIS FILM!!! Ellis is magnificent in this film - for 15 minutes, my eyes lit up and my jaw dropped - because of his portrayl of the cynical, mad genius Clyde Wynant. His chemistry with Maureen O' Sullivan(as his daughter Dorothy)was right on.Once he left the screen, I was totally bored until the ending - of the famous dinner party - then it was as exciting as at the beginning of the telling of the story. I LOVE film noir and murder mysteries - in a way this was a noir and murder mystery, thanks to Ellis's turn as the inventor. I would give him 20 stars and nominate him as best supporting actor of 1934! That's how good he was as the inventor!!!
"...didn't come near my tabloids."
Glad to see so much love for this pre-code, post-prihibition, five martini classic. The murder mystery is a little stodgy, but who cares when Nick and Nora are knocking back cocktails and making with the rich banter? It's got to be my favorite Christmas movie. (And Angelica, wtf does O.A. mean? Just wondering.) Drink up.
The Thin Man
- The Thin Man
The funny & suspenseful film which showcased a new on-screen couple. Powell's broad humour & droll delivery earned him his first nomination as Best Actor, Loy deserved a nomination as his female counterpart. The dialogue sometimes over shadows the story based on Dashiell Hammett's novel. W.S. Van Dyke created an instant classic which will forever be cemented as the film synonymous with Loy & Powell unions. I give it a 4/5.
"Waiter, will you serve the nuts"
- Jeff Boston
Great film. Released only about a month before a Hays Code certificate was needed before a movie could be released and less than a year after the end of Prohibition, "The Thin Man" was a daring delight with its many sexual innuendos and overt drunkenness in a party scene (not to mention Nick constantly imbibing). This film tweaked many social conservatives 78 years ago. Although loved by persons of all persuasions, Nick and Nora's first film would have to be tinkered with to fit the mindset of today's far left Hollywood honchos, what with Nora's unforgiveable fur coat, the blasphemy of there being only one black person in the entire film (and playing a porter), and the mentioning (many times over) of "Merry Christmas!" Oddly, although used heavily as a prop in most films of the thirties, I don't recall anyone smoking a cigarette. Today's Hollywood would change that, too, but it wouldn't be a cigarette the character was smoking.
THE THIN MAN FEVER!!
Who would have thought that this film was done only within 16 DAYS. For this... I considered this film THE BEST OF ALL THE FILMS I EVER WATCHED.
YOU GOT TYPE? ..ONLY YOU DARLING
love the chemistry!!!!!!!!!!
IT MAKES ME SICK! OVER AND OVER AGAIN :)
Before, I really thought that black and white movies are drop dead worse. I thought it were O.A. and kinda BORING.But, that impression changes it's because when one day I got bored due to my usual hobbies, I decided to look up BLACK AND WHITE MOVIES especially the screwball ones to shift my mood and confirm if Black and white ones were really that O.A. and boring. And fortunately, when I searched it, the one that caught my attention first was that of the THIN MAN movie . It got my attention because it was a film that touches about a whole new idea of a husband and wife team up. And when I started to watch it, I definitely saw a change in me especially the way I look the black and white ones. I've concluded in me that the The thin man movie is really one of the best film of all the films I've watched.Because of this movie, I've realized that a movie can really handle a husband and wife story in a way that SEX is not visible ; that a romantic comedy film will be delivered successfully by using WITTY LINES and GOOD CHEMISTRY. The thin man teaches me that you will see romance in a very creative ,smart , sexy and suave way.What I also like in the film is the team up of POWELL AND LOY as NICK AND NORA CHARLES. Personally, I've never seen such a chemistry wherein you can't blink even a second for because you want to watch every single act that they are going to do for each other. I've never seen such a chemistry that I always get so excited and mysterious every time I see them watching each other, complimenting each other and even studying each other.I've never seen such chemistry that you will see THAT THERE EYES ARE REALLY FOR EACH OTHER. And lastly, what really makes me feel so PROUD OF THIS MOVIE is that wherever and whenever you want to watch this film, there's always this AMAZING CONCLUSION THAT WILL BE INTACT IN YOU ... and that is LOVE, LOYALTY, FAITH, AND SINCERITY.
The Thin Man Series
Of all the movies I've seen The Thin Man series have to be my all time favorite. I was 11 when I first saw The Thin Man and I fell in love with it all from the smart witty dialogue to the amazing cast in each movie. It's very rare in comedy/mystery movies today that have a couple with such great chemistry like William Powell and Myrna Loy. In general the cast in this whole series are phenomenal and play their roles perfectly; they'll have you wanting to keep watching them over and over again. I am currently 20 going on 21 and I'm the only one of my friends that watch and actually love black and white movies, it's difficult talking to them about movies especially when I compare the actors and movies of today to the ones in the past. Personally I love old movies and will continue to keep watching them, and if you're someone who loves murder mysteries and comedies than this movie series is perfect.
The Thin Man
- Mark Sutch
The Thin Man
- Ray Marlitz
Nick Charles solves murder mystery
Teen Who Loves The Classics
The Thin Man series are the best movies I have ever seen. After seeing the first movie, I asked for the whole collection on DVD, and have seen each movie a dozen times. William and Myrna are the cutest couple I have ever seen, and it's their witty remarks and nicknames (mommy and Nicki) that keep me watching. There is no new movie with murder that can even compare to this. I love mysteries and comedies, and this is by far the best of both. I am 14 years old, and as surprised as many adults may be to hear this, I own more old movies than recent ones. Unfortunatly, I am the only person at my school who has ever heard of Cary Grant or Audrey Hepburn. I am very disappointed in the way movies and television have gone, but I would like every adult to know that there are a few teenagers who know and love old movies. This movie is a classic and I beg everyone to watch it because I promise you will love it.
THE THIN MAN
- cheryl west
THIS IS ONE OF MANY OF MINE ALL TIME FAVE MOVIE OF ALL TIME I LOVE OLD TIME MOVIES
a super awesome movie.
This movie is probably one of my favorites. I am crazy about this movie. It isn't irrelevant to our time period and there was never a real boring moment. Trust me i have one of the worst attention spans! I wish i could watch it again but it got deleted on the dvr by SOMEONE in particular.lol. TCM, play this movie more often it is the BOMB.
I LOVE THIS MOVIE!
Loy and Powell made a dynamic team. They played off each other beautifully. You can tell they enjoyed their work. The Thin Man is one of my all time favorite mystery/comedy movie.
Myrna and William sizzled! It would be great to see a theme-focus of great duos like them.
A Fantastic Duo
- Marcos Augusto
William Powell and Myrna Loy made an excelent couple on the screen, in one of the funniest comedies ever made
Great movie, little scratch reduction.
- John Clement
This is the first and probably the best of the thin man series with the wonderful talents of Myrna Loy and Dick Powell. The supporting cast is also excellent. The DVD version has excellent sound, and good resolution. Unfortunately they did not use digital scratch and dirt removal so some scenes, especially the dark ones, look like they were filmed in a rain storm.