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'The Thin Man' Movies: William Powell and Myrna Loy Sleuths on DVD

The Thin Man Goes Home William Powell Myrna LoyMyrna Loy and William Powell in 'The Thin Man Goes Home.'

The Thin Man Movies on DVD: William Powell, Myrna Loy

The Thin Man movies, starring William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles, Hollywood's most urbane and sophisticated sleuths (one a former professional, the other a nosy amateur), have finally been awarded their own de luxe DVD box set, Warner Home Video's “The Complete Thin Man Collection.” (Image: Myrna Loy, William Powell The Thin Man Goes Home.)

The set includes all six Thin Man movies MGM produced between 1934 and 1947, in which witty and wealthy Powell and Loy somehow or other kept finding themselves enmeshed in a maze of mysterious murders and sparkling champagne glasses. “The Complete Thin Man Collection” is scheduled to come out on August 2.

William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles

William Powell and Myrna Loy were so successful in their initial foray as Nick and Nora Charles – in W.S. Van Dyke's modestly budgeted 1934 comedy-thriller The Thin Man, loosely based on Dashiell Hammett's novel – that MGM decided to pair them up in 10 more films in the next 13 years.

In six of those Powell-Loy vehicles, the stars were cast as Nick and Nora, pursuing murderers and assorted crooks, getting more than a little tipsy, delivering witty lines back and forth, and petting their bright, bratty, and borderline alcoholic pooch – that's Asta. I should add that the screenplays of the first three Thin Man movies were credited to married couple Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich.

'The Complete Thin Man Collection'

The Warner box set set includes the following Thin Man movies:

  • The Thin Man (1934) directed by W.S. Van Dyke, with William Powell, Myrna Loy, Asta, Maureen O'Sullivan, Nat Pendleton
  • After The Thin Man (1936) directed by W.S. Van Dyke, with William Powell, Myrna Loy, Asta, Elissa Landi, James Stewart, Joseph Calleia
  • Another Thin Man (1939) directed by W.S. Van Dyke, with William Powell, Myrna Loy, Asta, Virginia Grey, Otto Kruger, C. Aubrey Smith, Ruth Hussey
  • Shadow of the Thin Man (1941) directed by W.S. Van Dyke, with William Powell, Myrna Loy, Barry Nelson, Donna Reed, Sam Levene, Alan Baxter, Stella Adler
  • The Thin Man Goes Home (1945) directed by Richard Thorpe, with William Powell, Myrna Loy, Lucile Watson, Gloria DeHaven, Anne Revere, Helen Vinson
  • Song of the Thin Man (1947) directed by Edward Buzzell, with William Powell, Myrna Loy, Keenan Wynn, Dean Stockwell, Philip Reed, Patricia Morison, Gloria Grahame, Jayne Meadows, Leon Ames

DVD bonuses include the documentaries William Powell: A True Gentleman and Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home To; the episode “Darling, I Loathe You” from the Thin Man TV series starring Peter Lawford and Phyllis Kirk; a radio show featuring William Powell and Myrna Loy; the Robert Benchley comedy shorts How to Be a Detective and Why Daddy?; and several other shorts and cartoons.

Myrna Loy, William Powell The Thin Man Goes Home photo: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.


         
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2 Comments to 'The Thin Man' Movies: William Powell and Myrna Loy Sleuths on DVD

  1. daniela

    Volevo sapere se posso ordinare il cofanetto di THIN MAN e se c'è la lingua italiana.Grazie

  2. Anna

    What a delightful couple. So many wonderful hours I've spent watching William Powell and Myrna Loy playfully sparring with one another. Why can't they make movies like that anymore?