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12Nov/090

Five More Martinis

The weekend is coming and I've got papers to write, so instead of a blog post y'all are getting a movie to watch.

Here is a playlist containing William Powell and Myrna Loy's classic 1934 film The Thin Man. The story is taken from the same-titled book by Dashiell Hammett, who also wrote The Maltese Falcon, later made into one of Humphrey Bogart's most memorable films. The plot is simple: retired detective Nick Charles and his younger, richer wife Nora Charles are trying their hardest to celebrate their recent nuptials with heavy drinking and sniping at one another in that wonderful thirties style. There's a murder to be solved and Nora, itching for action, gets her husband to take up his old game. The film is absolutely hilarious and considering the blistering speed of the dialogue, will continue to be hilarious upon re-watching, which you oughta. The Thin Man films formed a series spanning fourteen years and six films of unfortunately decreasing quality. I consider the first two to be the best, but they are all up on YouTube for watching. You can find the titles at the bottom of this page.

In case you need more convincing than my opinion, here's a compilation video of some of the best lines:

Anyhow, go and watch. Don't let the old-timey camera work and acting fool you for a second -- this film is one of the funniest I've ever seen.

   

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