The Thin Man is a 1934 American pre-Code comedy-mystery B movie directed by W. S. Van Dyke and based on the novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett; the film stars William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles, a leisure-class couple who enjoy copious drinking and flirtatious banter. Nick is a retired private detective who left his successful career when he married Nora, a wealthy heiress accustomed to high society, their wire-haired fox terrier. The film's screenplay was written by 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 hired to find – Clyde Wynant. 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. Nick Charles, a retired detective, his wealthy wife Nora, are visiting New York City to spend the Christmas holidays. There, Nick is pressed back into service by Dorothy Wynant, a young woman whose father, was an old client of Nick's.
Clyde, the title's "thin man", was supposed to be on a secret business trip and promised to be home before his daughter's wedding, but has mysteriously vanished. She convinces Nick to take the case, much to the amusement of his socialite wife. What appears to be a missing person case turns into a murder case when Julia Wolf, Clyde's former secretary and love interest, is found dead, evidence points to Clyde as the prime suspect. Dorothy refuses to believe; the detective uncovers clues and solves the mystery of the disappearance. The murderer is exposed at a dinner party: A skeletonized body, found buried in Wynant's workshop during the investigation, had been assumed to be that of a "fat man" because it was wearing oversized clothing. However, Nick alleges that the clothes were planted to hide the true identity of the body, which still has shrapnel from an old war wound in one leg and belongs to a "thin man": the missing Wynant. Nick deduces that the real culprit murdered Clyde once Clyde found out he had been embezzling from him murdered Julia who knew about Clyde's murder also murdered Nunheim, who witnessed Julia's murder.
Nick reveals the identity of the killer as Wynant's attorney Herbert MacCauley. Panicked, MacCauley tries to shoot Nick. Nick and Nora, as well as Dorothy and her new husband Tommy, celebrate as they take a train back to California. Cast notes: Nat Pendleton reprised the role of Lt. Guild in 1939's Another Thin Man; the film was based on the novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett, released in January 1934. Hammett's novel drew on his experiences as a union-busting Pinkerton detective in Montana. Hammett based Nick and Nora's banter upon his rocky on-again, off-again relationship with playwright Lillian Hellman. MGM paid Hammett $21,000 for the screen rights to the novel; the screenplay was written by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich, married for three years. Director W. S. Van Dyke encouraged them to use Hammett's writing as a basis only, to concentrate on providing witty exchanges for Nick and Nora. Van Dyke convinced MGM executives to let Powell and Loy portray the lead characters despite concerns that Powell was too old and strait-laced to play Nick Charles and that Loy had become typecast in exotic femme fatale roles.
Skippy played Asta, the dog of Nick and Nora. Skippy was subsequently cast in The Awful Truth and Bringing Up Baby; the film was shot with a budget of $226,408. For Powell's first scene in the film, Van Dyke told him to take the cocktail shaker, go to the bar and just walk through the scene while the crew checked lights and sound. Powell did it, he heard Van Dyke say, "That's it! Print it!" The director had decided to shoot the scene without Powell knowing it so that he would be as relaxed and natural as possible. Van Dyke did not bother with cover shots if he felt the scene was right on the first take, reasoning that actors "lose their fire" if they have to do something over and over, it was a lot of pressure on the actors, who had to learn new lines and business before shooting, without the luxury of retakes, but Loy credited much of the appeal of the film to Van Dyke's pacing and spontaneity. He paid the most attention to Powell and Loy's easy banter between takes and their obvious enjoyment of each other's company and worked it into the movie.
The director encouraged and incorporated improvisation and off-the-cuff details into the picture. In order to keep her entrance fresh and spontaneous, 3Van Dyke did not tell Loy about it until right before they shot it. Powell loved working so much with Loy because of her naturalness, her professionalism, her lack of any kind of "diva" temperament. Of her, Powell said: When we did a scene together, we forgot about technique, camera angles, microphones. We weren't acting. We were just two people in perfect harmony. Myrna, unlike some actresses who think only of themselves, has the happy faculty of being able to listen while the other fellow says his lines, she has the take of acting that brings out the best. According to Loy, the actors were not allowed to interact between takes with the dog Skippy. Skippy once bit Loy during filming. Although she had great compliments for Powell's charm and wit, Maureen O'Sullivan (who played the daughter o
Percy Lewis McDonald Morgan was a New Zealand-born Western Samoan politician. Born in New Zealand, Morgan emigrated to Western Samoa, he worked in the civil service, serving as Chief Clerk in the Treasury Department and Public Works Department, Secretary of the Board of Trade. He left to take over a cocoa plantation. Morgan failed to be elected, he was elected. He lost his seat in the 1957 elections. Despite having been a strong opponent of moves towards self-government, he was part of the Constitutional Convention that produced the 1960 independence constitution. However, he refused to sign the only member of the convention to do so; the following year he contested the general elections, but was unsuccessful
Dinah Barbara Christie is a Canadian actress and singer. Christie was born in England; the daughter of actors Robert and Margot Christie, she came to Canada at the age of two with her parents and grew up in Toronto. At age 13, she worked as a call boy at the Stratford Festival and became an apprentice at the Festival in 1960. In 1961, she sang in a comedy revue in Toronto, directed by her father. Before she was out of her teens, she had been cast in small roles at Stratford. In 1962, aged 19, she starting singing while attending North Toronto Collegiate Institute and performed as a folk singer in her teens, taking voice lessons from Portia White. Christie did not graduate. In 1965, she was selected by Tom Kneebone to co-star in a stage revue, the two would work together for decades; the same year, she joined CBC Television's This Hour Has Seven Days, for which she sang satirical songs. She appeared in an off-Broadway musical, Your Own Thing, a rock musical of Twelfth Night. Christie was a regular performer on the TV series Party Game and Check it Out!.
In 1981, she won an ACTRA Award for best variety performance for her performance on the D. C. and Friends TV special. She and Kneebone won the 1984 ACTRA for best radio variety performers, Christie won the 1987 Gemini Award for best actress in a continuing series for Check it Out!. In 1971, she bought a 100-acre farm near Mount Forest and lived there with photographer Bob Warren. In the late 1980s, she founded a design and manufacturing company called "The Badd Sisters" with her sister, Cedar Christie; the company sells products made from recycled cotton. Dinah Christie on IMDb Profile, BaddSisters.com, accessed May 10, 2014