Sunday, March 18, 2007

OTP circa 1934

The Thin Man stars William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles, who are a former detective and his rich wife. They are such an adorable couple. They drink a lot, suffer hangovers, and throw snaps and barbs at each other and make faces, all carried out with the most playful affection I have ever seen onscreen. And because of this chemistry, they're also quite sexy together, even though they sleep in separate beds.

It's a complicated mystery (beautifully filmed, too, with nice use of lighting and shadows) full of one-liners and witty banter that's almost as quick paced as a Marx Brothers movie. In once scene, a police detective is rummaging through Nora's dresser. She blurts out, "What's that man doing in my drawers?" And Nick does a spit-take.

Their terrier Asta is adorable as well. I thought he'd be an annoying, extraneous animal actor, but he actually played a nice third wheel to Nick and Nora's antics.

And Myrna Loy was so cute and made the most amusing expressions. Her enthusiasm for martinis rivals Karen Walker's on "Will & Grace."

Turns out the movie will be on TCM this Tuesday. Catch it if the 1930s is your thing.

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