The Thin Man

D: W. S. Van Dyke
MGM (Hunt Stromberg)
US 1934
93 mins


W: Albert Hackett & Frances Goodrich [based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett]
DP: James Wong Howe
Ed: Robert J. Kern
Mus: William Axt

William Powell (Nick Charles), Myrna Loy (Nora Charles), Maureen O'Sullivan (Dorothy Wynant), Nat Pendleton (Lt. John Guild), Minna Gonbell (Mimi Wynant), Porter Hall (MacCauley)

A former detective turned socialite returns to New York after four years and investigates a missing persons case with his wife (and dog) just for the fun of it.
Originally intended as a second feature, the film became so popular during its cinema run that it was promoted to the main picture slot and subsequently nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. 
Like most films from the same period, it hasn't dated particularly well, but it's clear to see the inspiration it provided for crime comedies made later on.

Myrna Loy & William Powell in The Thin Man
Myrna Loy & William Powell in The Thin Man