Saturday, January 28, 2012

Dinner with Nck and Nora and Asta

Got around to seeing the classic comedy The Thin Man, finally. All I knew of this film previously was Asta and that's because its a common clue in crossword puzzles.

The Thin Man (1934) - The 361st film I've seen so far. Staring William Powell, Myrna Loy and a young Cesar Romero. Also has Nat Pendleton who stared in many of the Dr. Kildare films as the oaf orderly who always gets Lionel Barrymore angry at him. The film is a murder mystery, but a great comedy. Really funny throw away lines, sight gags and William Powell and Myrna Loy have great chemistry, they look and act like a married couple.

I've now seen almost half of the films nominated for 1934 and have been lucky to see three great comedies (It Happened One Night, The Thin Man and Here Comes The Navy). There are two types of comedy films, films that are relevant to their time making fun of pop culture and films that have lasting comedic value. This is one of them. Seventy five years later and you are still laughing makes it one of the top films of that year. Not good enough to beat out It Happened One Night, but definitely in the top three right now.

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