Sunday, March 12, 2006

Sunday with Nick, Nora, and Asta

It’s been a very rainy weekend here in ordinarily sunny California — a perfect time to sit inside and watch some great old movies. And thanks to a wonderful post by “Moriarty” at his DVD Shelf blog, I think I’ll dig out one of the Thin Man films starring William Powell and Myrna Loy. What a fun afternoon that’ll make! Before all six movies were released in a box set of DVDs last year, I spent 25 years catching ’em as I could on local broadcast TV (usually much too late at night) or on Turner Classics. Now, I can just pull one off the shelf any time I want. For pure charm and terrific repartee, there’s still no couple like Loy and Powell, and Moriarty’s nice little tribute is not to be missed, whether you love the Thin Man series or are unfamiliar with it.

3 Comments:

At 4:50 AM, Blogger bkmarcus said...

The first movie is based on Dashiell Hammett's last novel, The Thin Man. It's incredibly funny.

According to IMDB, Hammett is credited with "story" for the next 2 movies, but then credited only for "characters" in the rest. Are the sequels as good as the original? Are the ones Hammett had nothing to do with as good as the ones he was more directly connected to?

 
At 5:37 AM, Blogger B.W. Richardson said...

The sequels are never quite as good as the original in any series, but the Thin Man series is an exception in that all five sequels are still delightful! I taped 'em off AMC when AMC was still good ... now, where'd I put all those VHS's?

 
At 6:45 AM, Blogger Michael said...

Spending a weekend with Nora...and Nick, too...is a good thing. These have long been favourites of mine. The wit, humour and class haven't been matched by anything since their original release. And seeing Nora in those slinky dresses...woof! Yep, there are worse ways to spend a weekend. Thank goodness for DVRs!

b.w.: We must be cousins, or something. The familial resemblance is uncanny.

 

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