Start your holiday drinking a few months early with The Thin Man, W.S. Van Dyke’s screwball adaptation of Dashiell Hamett’s novel, a blend of noir and slapstick, “a drawing room comedy with dead bodies” (Roger Ebert). Featuring the electric rapport of ¬†William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles (with dialogue penned by real-life couple Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich), The Thin Man is zany and unpredictable, like a great bender. Nick is brought out of retirement during the holidays to solve an elusive murder mystery, casually playing everyone around him with a beverage in hand, boasting a superhuman ability to imbibe unceasingly. Boasts the iconic Asta (aka Skippy), in one of the best canine performances ever put to celluloid, to boot!

Dir W.S. Van Dyke, 1934, 35mm, 91min

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